Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club

2007 Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

Visiting Artists to the 2007 Festival

Amy Geddes and Sandy Wright

Amy is originally from Galloway and is a lively and respected fiddle player. She has played with a variety of bands and on this occasion is accompanied by Sandy Wright who is a much sought after guitar player and composer in Scotland. Amy and Sandy have just released their second album called Little Bird.

Bill Black and Mabel Gray

Bill, of course, is very well known throughout Shetland having taken part in many festivals and Up Helly Aa’s. He ran his own broadcasting and recording band for 57 years before losing part of his right hand last year. Scottish Accordion and Scottish Fiddle champion in 1971. Bill is back playing solo and will be accompanied on piano by Mabel Gray.

Cuckoo’s Nest Trio

This trio hale from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland and are making their first visit to Shetland. Rose Murray on piano, Dominic McNabb on fiddle and James McElheran on accordion. They play a wide selection of Irish and Scottish music and are regular performers at the Maine Valley Fiddle and Accordion club near Ballymena.

David Vernon

This amazing accordionist needs no introduction to Shetland audiences. He is a master of the instrument and will entertain with his unique style and mixture of tunes from the world over. His stage banter has also earned him a large following here in Shetland.

Deoch ‘n Dorus

Making their first visit to the Shetland festival Deoch ‘n Dorus provide a traditional yet original ceilidh sound with a a guaranteed professional level of musicianship. They have played world wide and performed with some of the best traditional musicians. The trio are Simon Moran on fiddle, Stuart Cameron on Accordion and Andrew MacPherson on drums and percussion.

Gordon Shand Scottish Dance Band

Surely one of the top Scottish Dance Bands. The unique style and sound of Gordon’s 5 row button box is very popular in Shetland. Gordon and the band have featured in many broadcasts over the years and have visited Shetland on several occasions.

Iain Anderson

Iain from Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s top fiddle players and has visited Shetland on many occasions, both to the Festival and the Accordion and Fiddle Club. This time he will be accompanied on piano by Tom Orr, another brilliant young musician who is well known in Shetland. As well as playing solo this year Iain will also be appearing with Sandy Legget and the Carseloch Ceilidh Band.

James Corbett

Originally from Lairg in Sutherland James now stays on the outskirts of Aberdeen. Over the years he has played at many Accordion and Fiddle Clubs throughout Scotland. Usually he guests as a trio or band but on this occasion he is guesting as solo accordion. This will be his second Shetland festival after a number of years.

Jim Gold Trio

This brilliant young trio consists of brothers Jim aged 16 on accordion, Tom aged 15 on fiddle and David Ilgunas on piano. This will be their first visit to Shetland. Jim and David are taught by Keith Dickson and Tom by Andy Kain. They won the trio section at Musselburgh in 2005 and the band section in 2006.

John Daly

This outstanding Irish fiddler originally from County Cork but now living in Chicago will be making his 11th trip to Shetland. The last time was 2002. John is director of the Irish American Heritage Center which promotes Irish culture in the States. He is much sought after as a teacher all over America. John is accompanied this time by Josephine Keegan, renowned composer and performer of Irish fiddle music and leading piano accompanist.

Liz Doherty and Jim Woods

Liz, who hails from Donegal makes a welcome return to the Shetland festival. Since her last visit Liz has toured worldwide and has made another solo CD, Quare Imagination. Her husband Jim joins her on this trip and he plays a mean two row accordion.

Martin Tourish and Luke Ward

Martin is a 20 year old from Dublin. He plays piano accordion and studies music in Dublin. Martin is a very highly thought of player and has been part of many collaborations. Luke plays bouzouki and together they have recently released a highly acclaimed album called Clan Ranald.

Ottar Johansen and Ivar Dagenborg

Norwegian music is always very popular in Shetland and this year we are fortunate in having Ottar Johansen and Ivar Dagenborg from Aarnes. Ottar has played accordion since he was 5 years old. He plays all kinds of music from dance music to classical. With him on this visit is Ivar Dagenborg who has played guitar all his life. He is also a ballad singer. It is hoped that they will also be joined by their bass player from Denmark.

Paul Anderson

Paul has made frequent visits to Shetland over the years and has played at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club as well as previous festivals. He has made many solo albums and is now firmly established as one of Scotland’s best traditional fiddle players.

Pentlands Ceilidh Band

This trio are no strangers to Shetland. The band was formed in 1990 and made their first of many visits to Shetland in 1997. They play for functions all over Scotland and have been as far afield as Kuwait playing for the Caledonian Society. The band were Ceilidh Band champions in 2002 and recently made their debut broadcast on “Take The Floor”.

Quarter Deck

An exciting new youth group from Orkney consisting of Kristan Harvey on fiddle, Colin Nicholson on accordion and Diane Kelday on fiddle and Bodhran. They performed at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival and their repertoire is wide ranging from traditional to Cajun. They visited Shetland as spectators at the festival and this will be the first time they have performed here.

Roy Hendrie Scottish Dance Band

Roy, accordionist and band leader from Troon is making his second visit to Shetland. The band plays for both Ceilidhs and Scottish Country Dancing throughout Scotland and beyond. They have done many “Take the Floor” broadcasts over the years.

Sandy Legget and the Carseloch Ceilidh Band

Although Sandy now lives in Shetland the band still comes under the heading of a “sooth band” Sandy and the band have a big following in Shetland and have appeared here many times, both at previous festivals and also the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club. They have released may CDs and have made several broadcasts on “Take the Floor”

Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band

Sandy and the band are frequent visitors to Shetland having played at previous festivals and also the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club. Sandy’s energetic style and distinctive sound has a big following in Shetland and we look forward to hearing them again.

Sean Og Graham and Aidan O’Donnell

Sean Og is a two row accordion player from County Antrim. He studies music at Limerick university and has won numerous all-Ireland titles. His main band Beoga have just released their second album. Aiden is a fiddle player from Donegal and also studies at Limerick University. He has made several TV and radio appearances and has released a duo CD with flute player Keiran Munnelly.

Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band

Susan is no stranger to Shetland having been to many festivals. This is the first time she will be playing with her full band at a Shetland Festival. The band was formed about four years ago to compete at the Musselburgh Festival, a competition which they won. They also made their debut “Take the Floor” broadcast earlier this year.

Theresa Kavanah and Søren Gyllström

Theresa delighted us when she came to Shetland two years ago when she made her first appearance at a Shetland Festival. She is a great exponet of the Donegal style of fiddle playing and since her last appearance has released a solo fiddle album. She has performed at Celtic Connections as well as many other festivals throughout Europe. She is accompanied on this trip by Søren Gyllström.