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Iain Joseph MacDonald Band

Once again the Skye Accordion and Fiddle Club welcomed a good turnout of members, friends and musicians at the February meeting in Portree’s Royal Hotel. M.c for the evening, Jim Campbell, started by inviting visiting and Club players on stage to participate in what turned out to be an evening of superb music. Musicians contributing were accordionists Ally ‘K’ MacPherson and Emily Matheson on piano accordions and on button-key accordions were Hamish MacDougall of Muir of Ord and Calum MacColl of Fort William. On piano was John Cameron, on drums Hamish Mackenzie, while fiddle contributions were from Caerina Campbell, Ellie MacPherson and Wendy Riva. Special acclaim was afforded to three young fiddlers, members of the popular local group “Skye Strings”, making their solo debuts at the Skye Club. They were ten year old Maili MacKenzie, twelve year old Rhibhinn Dick and thirteen year old Seumas Tinney who all acquitted themselves superbly with the daunting task of playing in front of a large and appreciative audience. Highlight of the evening was the performance of the special guests, the five-piece Iain Joseph MacDonald Band who raised the roof of the function room with their varied and entertaining programme. They were led by Iain Joseph on piano accordion who also contributed a couple of fine vocals and a few humorous anecdotes, on second box was Ali MacKenzie, on fiddle was Deirdre Beck, on piano was Jacqui MacDonald and on drums it was the Club’s own chairman Ally ‘K’ MacPherson. The audience were treated to many great sets including a beautifully arranged medley and a superb fiddle solo by Deirdre accompanied on piano by Jacquie. All too soon the evening had to come to a close with the other musicians joining the guest band on stage for a rousing “stramash”. More great music is to come to the Club at their next meeting on 2nd March when special guests will be The Graeme MacKay Trio.

John Grundy


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