Fiddle festival a great success

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Angus Accordion and Fiddle Festival had a flying start with concert/dances at the Meadowbank and the Royal British Legion Scotland on Friday.

Entertainers were Robert Lovie, Eddie Rose, local accordionists Scott Carnegie and Johnny Duncan, Steven Carcary’s accordionists and well known jazz and Scottish button box player from Amulree, Sandy Lindsay.

The broadcasting Scottish dance bands of Scott Nichol, Ewan Galloway and Ian Muir and the Burns Brothers Ceilidh Band entertained during the evening before the Graeme Mitchell Dance band and the Gary Sutherland Dance Band played for the respective dances at the Meadowbank and the Legion.

On Saturday afternoon local pubs were kept on the go and this was repeated on the Sunday afternoon. The Sports and Community Centre, Marketgate, was the venue for the Grand Dance.

The ‘Final Stramash’ in the Community Centre attracted a large following who danced to artists introduced by Radio Tay presenter Ian Lees.

They were accordionists Steven Carcary, Graham Bell, Gordon Brown, David Bell, Scott Band, Lisa Laird, Allan Smeaton, Kerr Barrack, Martin Donaldson, Liam Hope and Dean Smeaton with Alisha Smeaton on drums and Ewan Barrack on keyboard. Also taking part were Ewan Galloway, Susan MacFadyen, Craig MacFadyen, Graeme Mitchell, Callum Cruickshank, Gary Sutherland, John Burns, Jennifer Cruickshank, Tom Orr and Liam Stewart.

Fiddle players were Shona MacFadyen, Iona Cruickshank and Rachael Havlin and keyboard players were Bill Ewan, Tom Orr, Craig Paton and Graeme Mitchell. On drums were Kevin Milne, Gerry Boxall, Alisha Smeaton, Neil Mitchell, Alan Sutherland and Andrew Gibb.

Dates for the next year’s Festival, the twelfth, are July 4, 5 and 6, 2014.