Music festival back in town


The Angus Accordion and Fiddle Club kicks off tonight (Friday) with a host of events to whet your appetite for traditional Scottish music.

A grand line-up has been put together for this year’s festival which runs until Sunday evening in a number of venues across Arbroath.

First on the programme are simultaneous concerts and dances at the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms and the Meadowbank Inn.

At 7.30 p.m. the Legion concert, which has sold out already, will be compered by Robert Lovie and features the musical talent of The Davie Stewart Trio, The Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band, The Leonard Brown Scottish Dance Band, Shetland fiddler Maggie Adamson and the Neil Hardie Scottish Dance Band.

Eddie Rose will be compering the concert in the Meadowbank Inn which also runs from 7.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and features the music of the Scott Band Scottish Dance Band, the Scott Carnegie Duo, Steven Carcary’s Accordion School and The Lomond Ceilidh Band.

Tickets are £11 and there will be stovies and a raffle on the night.

This year the organisers have also arranged for dance workshops which will be held in the Arbroath Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday between 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon. There is no fee for the workshops but donations are welcome, and participants should bring their own refreshments.

Also during the day, there will be pub sessions by various bands between 2.30 and 4 p.m. at The Central bar, Commercial Inn, Pageant, Foundry Bar, Millgate Bar and Newgate Bar.

Tomorrow Night (Saturday) a big turnout is expected for the Grand Dance in the Arbroath Community Centre between 7.30 p.m. and 1 a.m., compered by John Caskie.

On the bill are the Lomond Ceilidh Band, the Scott Band Dance Band, the Neil Hardie Dance Band, the Leonard Brown Scottish Dance Band and the Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band.

Tickets are £13 and there will be a licensed bar on the night.

Topping off a weekend of great music is the Final Stramash on Sunday night in the Arbroath Community Centre between 7.30 p.m. and midnight.

Compere Ian Lees will be corralling a number of bands from earlier in the festival and the impromptu playbill is bound to be equal parts exciting and entertaining.

Tickets are £8 and there will be a licensed bar in operation. Tickets and special deals are available from