Angus fiddlers’ will mark golden anniversary

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AN ANGUS Scottish traditional music group will be celebrating their golden anniversary at the Fiddlers’ Rally next week.

The Angus Strathspey and Reel Society will mark 50 years of performing Scottish music at their annual Fiddlers’ Rally in the Webster Memorial Theatre on Saturday, April 20.

The show will be compered by Robert Lovie, a well known entertainer from Fyvie and guest artists will include accordionist Wayne Robertson and violinist Claire Telford. Concert pianist Joan Blue will accompany the orchestra.

Wayne is a local lad who started playing the accordion at seven years old and won the Scottish junior championship for the first time in 1986, aged 12.

He successfully defended his crown three times. His playing has taken him all over the U.K. and further afield.

Claire was born in Aberdeen and started playing the violin when she was eight. She studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and then the Royal College of Music in London.

She has won many traditional fiddle festivals across the North-East and was a gold Mod medal winner in 1994, and a silver medal winner at the 1997 Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships.

Curtain is up at 7.30 p.m. and tickets are available from the box office on 01241 435800 priced at £10.

The group has evolved from the eight founding members in 1963 to a cadre of 30 regular players who meet in St Andrew’s Parish Church, Kirriemuir, every Monday.

The current band leader is Lindsay Downie who also doubles as festival secretary and they are one of the few orchestras adhering to tradition by allowing only stringed instruments and excluding accordions.

Notable concerts in the society’s past have included broadcasts with the BBC and Grampian Television on programmes such as ‘Mostly Magnus’ in 1971 and a concert at Blair Castle with Yehudi Menuhin and Hector McAndrew in 1973.

They have also appeared frequently on music programmes by Radio Clyde and Radio Forth.

The Angus Strathspey and Reel Society is always looking for new members.

Anyone interested in finding out more can contact Frank Robb on 01307 4641162.

For more information on the history of the society or upcoming events visit www.asrs.org.uk