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Isle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival

****All events will be TICKET ONLY ****

Tickets are available from info@skyemusic.co.uk or from Linda 01478 611122 or Fiona 01478 612305 (after 6pm).

Isle of Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival 2016

Thursday 26th May 2016
 
Michael Philip Scottish Dance Band in The Royal Hotel, Portree at 7.30pm ~ £5

Friday 27th May 2016

The Burns Brothers Ceilidh Band in The Royal Hotel, Portree at 7.30pm ~ £5

Saturday 28th May 2016

2.30pm - Lindsay Weir Trio in the Royal Hotel, Portree ~ £5

8.30pm - Ceilidh Dance in the Skye Gathering Hall with Drams Allowed ~ £10

info@skyemusic.co.uk 
 

If you are looking for accommodation we suggest you contact the local Tourist Information Office on 01478-612137 or online at www.visithighlands.com. Lists of accommodation are also available on www.skye.co.uk and also The Royal Hotel, Portree on www.royal-hotel-skye.com or 01478-612525.


Skye Accordion & Fiddle Festival 2014 – 22nd to 24th May 2014

Skye Accordion & Fiddle Club brought their 2013/14 season to a rousing close by staging their tenth consecutive annual Accordion & Fiddle Festival in the Royal Hotel, Portree at the end of May. Every year has seen an increase in numbers of musicians and listening enthusiasts attending from the length and breadth of the country and, indeed, further afield, determined to enjoy several days immersed in their favourite type of music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The Festival was formally opened on the Thursday evening by local broadcaster, Duncan Martin, followed by hard working m.c for the whole Festival, Jim Campbell. Appropriately it was a group of players from the Skye Club’s own band who were invited on stage for the opening music, to be followed by a host of visiting musicians in a variety of groups to entertain the capacity audience. Special guest band for the evening was the amazing Iain MacPhail Scottish Dance Band who gave their usual wonderful performance which culminated in them being joined by all the other players for probably the best traditional ‘stramash’ ever heard in Portree and bringing the evening to a close. No sooner had breakfast tables been cleared on the following morning than even more musicians turned up to provide all day music and keep the enthusiasts entertained right through to the Festival’s special guest band in the evening, the inimitable Oban based Hector McFadyen & Friends. Not only was the music to a great standard but the ‘craic’ was hugely appreciated by another packed audience who again voted the evening a rousing success. Saturday was simply a continuation of the great informal music until the afternoon when entertainment was from an old friend of the Skye Club, Ross MacPherson and His Band. Ross, based at Connel, was a former chairman of the Skye Club and taught accordion to many youngsters when he lived in Skye, and so was accorded a particularly warm welcome. The evening session in the Royal Hotel was, as usual, co-ordinated by Derek Hamilton of Galston, Jimmy MacDonald of Tighnabruaich and Richard Hughes of Tobermory and attracted great support from many listening enthusiasts, while those who were dancers were able to trip the light fantastic in the nearby famous Skye Gathering Hall to the fabulous sound of Ian Muir and His Band, bringing an official end to the Festival. Although the official end to the Festival is Saturday night it has gradually become the custom of many of the musicians to stay for another day to make a long weekend of their visit and this year was no exception with many of them enjoying ‘having a tune’ with their musical friends before returning homewards on Monday. The general concensus of opinion, yet again, by everybody involved was that the tenth Festival could be summed up in three words, namely “the best yet”.
 

John Grundy
 


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