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Lively night for music group

By Kirsty Brown

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Chairman Bob Rae welcomed almost a full house to the November meeting of the Turriff and District Accordion and Fiddle Club.

Compere Bill Gray introduced the guest for the evening as renowned, youthful Shetland fiddler Maggie Adamson.

Not a sheet of music in sight, just music played from the heart and a truly great programme of Shetland, Irish, Canadian and traditional Scottish music from this 2011 Glenfiddoch Fiddle Champion.

The audience were spellbound with Maggie’s enviable natural talent.

Her typical relaxed Shetland style was superbly accompanied by an equally talented, equally modest pianist Dennis Morrison.

They played so many favourite tunes by popular Shetland composers Ronnie Cooper and Willie Hunter, but Leaving Lerwick Harbour was the jewel in the crown.

They played a number of Scott Skinner compositions including the tricky King Robert The Bruce, the Duke of Fife’s Welcome to Deeside, Glenlivet and the Bride’s Reel, all absolutely perfect.

Other tunes played by this relaxed duo included Cape Breton Fiddlers' Welcome to Shetland, Orange Blossom Special, Ashokan Farewell and the Newcastle Hornpipe.

A full programme of excellent music thoroughly appreciated by the attentive audience.

Like every Accordion and Fiddle Club, the success of the Turriff Accordion and Fiddle Club depends on its loyal supporters and equally supportive ‘off the floor' players.

Leading the ‘off the floor' players this month was pianist Rosie Kellas, accompanying accordionists Andy Coutts, Dod Fowlie, Brian Strange, fiddler Lesley Edmunds and mouthie player and singer Dennis Shepherd.

They played a great selection of lively tunes and singalongs prompting audience participation.

Bill Gray thanked everyone for their contribution to the success of the evening and invited them back on Thursday, December 5, to the Commercial Hotel in Cuminestown at 7.30pm when the last guest artiste for the year will be the Garioch Blend.

Everyone is welcome to come along - players, members and non-members of all ages - and door to door transport is available from Turriff by calling: 01888 563 000.

The club's programme for 2020 is:

January - no meeting.

February 7 - Roddy Matthews and Tweed Valley Ceilidh Band.

March 12 - Kirkjuvagr Ceilidh Band.

April 2 - Leonard Brown Duo.

May 7 - Ewan Galloway Trio.

June 4 - Susie Simpson S.D.B.

July 2 - Brandon McPhee.

August 6 - Gordon Pattullo Duo.

September 3 - Nicol McLaren and Glencraig S.D.B.

October 1 - Tom Orr Trio.

November 5- Steven Carcary Duo.

December 3 - Garioch Blend.

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