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Iain MacPhail Scottish Dance Band

The well attended February meeting of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club in Portree’s Royal Hotel was off to a great start as several members took to the stage to entertain the audience. Solo fiddlers were Rachel Henderson, Wendy Riva and Julia Rudram. On accordion it was Emily Matheson, later backed on drums by Charlie Oag, Kathleen MacDonald and Maili MacKenzie treated the audience to a superb fiddle duet and to complete the list of local players were sisters Elsa and Jocelyn Galbraith with an accordion and cello duet. Time for the Club’s special guest band to take over the stage and there are surely few places in the world where dancers have not revelled in the music of The Iain MacPhail Scottish Dance Band. Leader Iain MacPhail on accordion was joined by Brian Griffin on second accordion, “Issy” Hodgson on piano and George Darling on drums. First broadcasting in1972 the band have developed a reputation over the decades for wonderful arrangements, superb harmonies and a ‘swing’ much loved by dancers and listening audiences alike. With few personnel changes the band have maintained their distinctive style so much appreciated in the world of Scottish dance music. Many and varied were the tunes in their programme, including some of Iain’s own compositions which currently number in the region of 350! All too soon it was time to close the evening and a very happy audience to wend their way homewards with the sound of four top class musicians ringing in their ears The next Club night will be on 5th March 2020 in the Royal Hotel, Portree when the visiting band will be The Scott Band Scottish Dance Band.

John Grundy.


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Scott Band Scottish Dance Band
5th March 2020

Iain MacPhail Scottish Dance Band
6th February 2020

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Scott Leslie Trio
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