Accordion and Fiddle Festival


The 11th Angus Accordion & Fiddle Festival will be held during the weekend of July 5, 6 and 7 in various venues in Arbroath.

It will follow the same format as in recent years over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a concert and dances in the Meadowbank Inn and the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland on the Friday night.

Guests will include entertainers Robert Lovie and Eddie Rose with their own particular brand of comedy and a few songs as well and accordionists Sandy Lindsay, Johnny Duncan, Scott Carnegie and nine pupils from Steven Carcary’s accordion school.

The broadcasting Scottish dance bands of Scott Nichol, Ewan Galloway, Ian Muir, The Burns Brothers, Gary Sutherland and Graeme Mitchell will also be taking part on Friday night.

They will also play for the dancers at the Grand Dance in the Sports and Community Community Centre, Marketgate, on Saturday night. All 36 dances will be played twice through.

Various pubs in Arbroath will be hosting some of the bands on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy Scottish dance music at its best.

The Community Centre, Marketgate, is again the meeting place on Sunday night for a ceilidh to round off a busy weekend.

It is anticipated that up to 400 Scottish music fans will descend on Arbroath for the weekend coming from the Northern Isles, Western Isles, Dumfries, Borders, Ireland Carlisle and numerous places in between.

Local festival organiser Ron Ramsay commented: “It is always a pleasure to receive favourable comments about the warm welcome that our visitors get from the locals.”