Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Club

2009 Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

Visiting Artists to the 2009 Festival

Andrew Gibb Trio

This young trio first came together in 2006 to play at the Scottish Accordion Festival in Perth. They have since won the N.A.A.F.C. Trio and Band Competitions, as well as the Perth Trio section. The trio, consisting of Andrew on accordion, Tom Orr on piano and Shetlander Maggie Adamson on fiddle. They will play a varied programme to keep everyone entertained.

Cameron Kellow Trio

The band has been playing together for three years. Line up consists of Cameron Kellow, lead accordion, Anne Nicol on fiddle and Gary Kellow on drums. They have played at numerous clubs around the country, also gaining top prizes in many individual and band competitions. Their enjoyment of playing and their own style and passion is shown through their music.

Craigowl Scottish Dance Band

Original band started in the early 1980s at the Dundee Accordion Club. Kevin and Bruce remain and continue to play at Accordion Clubs/Dances and to broadcast, with the line up remaining unchanged for a number of years. The band has appeared many times in Shetland over the years, particularly in the beginnings of the Festival, when they were “young, free and single!”

David Vernon and Dick Lee

Accordion and clarinet duo perform an eclectic mix of music, combining virtuoso talent with a genuine sense of enjoyment. Styles range from Jewish hora to French mussette,belkan to classical, tango to traditional airs – and others.

Denis Liddy

Denis, from County Clare has been playing the fiddle since a young age and has taught many fine fiddle players in the Barefield area of Clare. He has produced two CD’s with flute player Michael Hynes and three with the Turloughmore Ceilidh Band.He will be accompanied on this visit by his partner Elvie Miller who is daughter of master fiddler from new Hampshire, Rodney Miller.nt.

Diane Kelday

Accomplished fiddle player from Orkney, Diane appeared at the 2007 festival as part of the group Quarterdeck and is delighted to be asked back. She is leader of the Orkney West Mainland Strathspey and Reel Society and a fiddle tutor. Accompanying Diane at this year’s Festival is Jenny Kelday, originally from Burra.

Gary Blair

Welcome return by former UK accordion champion. Gary, who also teaches accordion, was awarded the titles “Honoured Friend of the Accordion” by the CIA and “Veterani del Fisarmonica” by the Rossini Institute of Italy. Gary also has a ceilidh band and performs around the world.

Gerard McGranaghan and Mark Nagle

This is Gerard’s third visit to Shetland, having performed at the Festival in 2002 and 2003. He is originally from Donegal but is now based in Dublin. He has been playing banjo for 18 years and this time has teamed up with talented guitarist Mark Nagle from Dublin. Mark began playing the piano at the age of six then moved on to the tin whistle before taking up the guitar which is now his first instrument.

Ian Hutson Scottish Dance Band

In Ian’s own words they’re a “Straight Down the Middle band”. A lively traditional blend of Jim Johnstone, Graeme Mitchell and Jimmy Shand influences all rolled into one. This is the band’s second visit to Shetland but they have all visited on numerous occasions with other line ups. The band has two CDs as well as several Take the Floor broadcasts.

Ian Sheperd Trio

Ian originally from Dalkeith started playing the accordion at the age of 7 and has enjoyed playing lead accordion over the last 10 years with The Reel Thing Ceilidh Band. Ian and the band recorded their debut broadcast for Take the Floor in June 2007. Ian is joined by Alan Irvine and Alan Crookston for this visit to Shetland.

Jim Gold Scottish Dance Band

The band was formed in 2004 when all the members were playing in the music group KODA. Originally formed for competitions they now play at weddings, ceilidhs and parties. They band won the band section at the Musselburgh Festival in 2006 and have twice won the band section at the Oban Festival.

John Bone

Accomplished accordion player and tutor John last attended a Shetland festival in 2005. Among John’s many pupils is Craig Paton who attended his first festival last year. John plays a wide variety of music both traditional and continental. He will be accompanied by Robert Lovie on piano.

Karen Ferguson

A pupil of Ian Muir, Karen has been playing since she was 6 and has regularly played in competitions such as Perth and Musselburgh NAAFC since she was 9. Through these competitions she has made many friends including her accompanist for this visit Roya MacLean, who herself has performed as a solo accordionist at the Club in the past.

Kate McNamara

Kate is a young concertina player from Tulla in East Clare, Ireland. She was taught by Mary MacNamara and plays in the renowned style of her area. Kate has been a regular visitor to Shetland since 2003 and has maintained great musical and personal friendships with many of the local people. Kate is accompanied on this visit by Seamus Bugler on accordion.

Lomond Ceilidh Band

Regular visitors to Shetland the band has been together for near on 15 years and still enjoy playing for all types of functions, festivals and concerts. The bands latest CD Dusk ‘til Dawn adds to a collection of albums they have recorded over the years.

Manus McGuire

Manus is no stranger to Shetland. His last visit was the 2009 Folk Festival when he played with his band the Brock McGuire Band. He has made many previous visits including several Accordion and Fiddle Festivals and has a large following here in Shetland. He is a great supporter of this festival and this year we have asked him to perform the official opening on Thursday 8th October at 1pm.

Michael Philip Scottish Dance Band

The Michael Philip Scottish Dance Band comprises Michael on lead accordion, Nicol McLaren on 2nd accordion, Andy Kain on fiddle, Graham Berry on piano, Suzanne Croy on double bass and Heather Fraser on drums. The band was formed several years ago after Michael found a desire to go back to his traditional roots, after a number of years playing with his show band, Conundrum.

Raemond Jappy and Maureen Rutherford

Delighted to be making his first visit to the festival this year, Raemond will be accompanied by regular visitor Mo Rutherford. Raemond is the reigning Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion and will be playing a programme of music from the North East of Scotland.

Robert Menzies

Robert is currently studying music at the R.A.S.M.D. in Glasgow. As well as playing the fiddle he is also an accomplished accordionist and pianist. Robert has attended several festivals but this is the first time as a solo fiddler. He will be accompanied on piano by Scott Nichol.

Scott Leslie Trio

Consisting of Scott on lead accordion, his wife Louise on piano, and Ross Muir on drums, this will be their first performance at the Festival. Although the band has been on the go for over 20 years, this particularly line up has been playing since 2006. They regularly play for ceilidhs in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Scott Nichol Scottish Dance Band

Scott and his band members have been regulars to the festival over the last few years. It is a band formed from close musicians as well as close friends. The line up is a blend of youth and experience who have all been brought up heavily steeped in traditional music, and their enthusiasm for the music is so evident to see. Most of the band have evolved from the youth group KODA.

Stri Tørn

Translates to "A bit of hard work".This four piece band from western Norway consists of two accordions, guitar and bass. They play a mixture of Norwegian and Swedish dance music. Their playlist includes many well known tunes ranging from the great Scandinavian composers of the first half of the 20th century to modern Norwegian dance music. They play lively music, standing upright and as close to the audience as possible.

Tara Breen

Tara hails from County Clare and has been steeped in traditional Irish music from a very young age. She is a multi instrumentalist playing piccolo and flute as well as fiddle. She won five All Ireland titles in the same year at the age of 14 and add to that the fact that she won the overall prize for best competitor in the Munster Fleadh three years in a row gives some idea of the depth of talent she has. She will be accompanied by her father Martin Breen on piano.