Festival was the best yet!

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LARGE numbers of people came from all over, including Canada, Shetland and Western Isles, Ayrshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and the Grampian area, to support the 10th annual Angus Accordion and Fiddle Festival.

The company who attended the Scottish Variety Show were treated to an excellent night’s entertainment from compere and Scotland’s ‘son of fun’, Eddie Rose, local fiddler Karen Hannah, The Lomond Ceilidh Band from Fife with Addie Harper from Wick guesting, young piper Kyle McIntyre from Alyth, accordionists the Burns Brothers from Airdrie, and local lad and bothy ballad champion Scott Gardiner. From Newcastle there was a very talented accordionist, Leonard Brown, accompanied on percussion by Malcolm Brown

The Friday night concerts and dances held simultaneously in the Meadowbank Inn and the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms were both sold out.

Artists appearing at these functions were accordionist Sandy Lindsay from Amulree, Steven Carcary’s young accordionists, The Burns Brothers, Leonard Brown and Malcolm Ross, and comperes Eddie Rose and Scott Gardiner.

The BBC Broadcasting Bands of Ian Muir from Prestwick; Lomond Ceilidh Band from Fife, Iain MacPhail from Edinburgh, Marian Anderson from Falkirk, Lynne Christie from Portlethen and Robert Whitehead from Morpeth also appeared at the Friday night functions as well as playing to over 350 dancers in the Community Centre on Saturday night.

The pub sessions were well attended on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a great atmosphere. The festival finale was the ceilidh in the Community Centre, Marketgate, where the company was treated to a host of different bands such as the Lomond Ceilidh Band, Iain MacPhail, Colin Brown of the Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Marian Anderson Band, Susan MacFadyen Band. Lyne Valley Band with David Bell, Young Accordionists, Scott Band, Ewan Galloway, Leonard Brown and Gary Sutherland. Drummers for the evening were Kevin Milne, Ian Riddle, Malcolm Ross, Alisha Smeaton and on keyboard Jim Nichol and Gary Sutherland.

Noted singer and Radio Tay presenter, Ian Lees, was the compere.

The Scottish Variety Show and the Grand Dance in the Community Centre have been recorded and two separate DVDs are being produced and will be available in October.

Next year’s Festival is being organised for the weekend of July 5, 6 and 7.

The organising committee extended thanks to everyone who had supported the event.