2018 Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival
Aidan is a piano accordion player originally from Cork in Ireland but now living in Edinburgh. He plays predominantly in the Scottish style with an Irish fl avour. Aidan will be accompanied on this occasion by Martainn Skene on piano.
This Orcadian trio consists of Billy Peace on accordion, Andy Cant on fi ddle and Stewart Shearer on guitar. Billy is a self taught player who started when he was 6 years old and recorded his fi rst album “Billy’s Blend” at the age of 19. Andy is a stalwart of the Kirkwall City Pipe Band and Stewart is in high demand for his superb accompaniment and tune playing.
Edinburgh -based accordionist David has been a full-time professional for many years, having performed at musical events and festivals all over the UK and abroad, including Canada, Middle East, Switzerland, Iceland and New Zealand among many others. David’s solo concerts provide excellent entertainment, displaying his vast knowledge and incredible ability. A lover of world music, he takes us on a tour to countries many of us might rarely associate with the accordion.
George & Stuart Davidson
From Tarves in Aberdeenshire they have both been playing fi ddle since primary school having been taught by Paul Anderson. They have both been heavily involved in the competition scene over the years and George was the winner of the last Glenfi ddich Fiddle Championship in 2015. They will play a mix of traditional music accompanied by a bit of “brotherly banter”.
Iain Angus MacLeod
Iain Angus will be making his second festival appearance at a Shetland Festival and brings with him the great west coast style of playing. He will be accompanied this time by Craig McFadyen on second accordion and Alistair MacPherson on drums.
Ian Cruickshank Trio
Ian, originally from Keith, fronted a dance band which used to record and broadcast. He is accompanied by Jane Farquharson (piano) and George West (fi ddle). In recent years work has taken priority, but Scottish dance music remains a passion. A recent move to Shetland allows Ian to pick up the box again and take to the stage.
Jock Fraser Trio
The last time Jock played at the festival with his band was back in 1992, however he has appeared at various festivals since playing either piano or second box. The trio consists of Jock on accordion, Susie Simpson on piano and Gillian Stevenson on fiddle.
Lynne Christie Trio
Lynne, originally from Keith but now living in Auchleven has attended many Shetland Festivals and is well known for her love of “pipe music.” She is accompanied on this visit by Tom Orr on piano and her brother Duncan Christie on drums.
A well known local player now living in Edinburgh Mary is involved in the music scene in Shetland and Scotland. A former Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year she is classically trained and has spent much time playing with orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
Matthew has been coming to Shetland since 2004 both for Up Helly Aa and the Accordion & Fiddle Festival. In 2017 he was crowned “The All Scotland Senior Traditional Accordion Champion” at the Perth Festival. Matthew is joined this time by Neil MacGregor from Thurso on drums.
Nicol McLaren & the Glencraig Scottish Dance Band
The band was formed in 1983 and in 35 years the personnel have hardly changed. 1st SAFF was in 1992. The Band has produced more than a dozen commercial recordings and over 25 Take the Floors, and have played in all corners of the UK and beyond. The line-up is Nicol on lead box, Neil Caull on 2nd box, Isobelle Hodgson on piano, Gordon Howe on fi ddle and Davie Bell on drums.
On The Piste
This group comprises John Burns and Craig Paton on accordions, Tom Orr on piano and Alan Sutherland on drums. They all perform in various other dance bands but come together here to play mainly continental musette music.
Paul who lives in the Borders is making his third visit to Shetland. A multi Scottish and UK champion in Musette, Polka, Classical, Veteran, Scottish and own composition he will be accompanied by James (Trigger) Tait from Rothbury. James is an established peripatetic music teacher.
Shona is no stranger to Shetland having played fiddle at festivals both as a soloist and as a member of her sister Susan’s Band. She studied at the RSAMD gaining a BA in Scottish Music. She is accompanied on piano on this occasion by Anne Mitchell.
Sorcha Costello and Daithi Gormley
A native of Co. Clare Sorcha has inherited the East Clare style of fi ddle playing and has visited Shetland in the past playing with her mother Mary McNamara. Sorcha is joined for the festival by Daithi Gormley, one of the fi nest button box players of his generation from Co. Sligo.
After a couple of attempts we are delighted to welcome from Denmark fantastic accordionist Soren Brix who is accompanied on double bass by Mogens Bækgaard, and on guitar Reidar Dahle from Norway.
Susan & Scott Gordon
Husband and wife team Scott and Susan are no strangers to the Shetland Festival, having appeared many ties as soloists and band members. This year they will appear as a duo and some great arrangements are guaranteed.
The David Kennedy Scottish Dance Band
David attended the 30th festival as a trio but is back this year with the full band, bringing a modern sound to our traditional music. The band members are Scott Nichol on 2nd box, Steven Todd on piano, Tom Gold on fi ddle, Brian Cruickshank on bass and Andrew Gibb on drums.
The Jim Cleland Scottish Dance Band
Jim should have been at last year’s festival but could not make it so we are delighted that he will be here this year with his full band. The band members are Jim on accordion, Liam Stewart on 2nd accordion, John Sinton on base, Donald Christie on piano and Callum Wallace on drums.
The Lindsay Weir Scottish Dance Band
Originally from the Black isle Lindsay has been playing the accordion since the age of six. The band is now in demand for Scottish Country Dancing as well as Old-Time and Ceilidh Dancing. Band members are Lindsay on accordion, Colin Garvin on piano, Gemma Donald on fi ddle, Alan Small on 2nd accordion and Alan Irvine on drums.
The Neil Galloway Scottish Dance Band
Neil is leading what is normally the David Cunningham Scottish Dance Band. David will be joining them on Saturday for the Grand Dance. The line up is Neil and David on accordions, Marie Fielding on fi ddle, Graham Berry on piano and Ian Adamson on drums.
The Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band
This long established Band plays mainly for Scottish Country Dancing but some Ceilidhs too. The line up is unchanged with Sandy on lead accordion. Hamish Smith on 2nd box (a member for 29 years). Jim Clark on piano and Ian Graham on drums, both regular members for 9 years.
Wullie has been in Shetland several times both with his own band and also as a soloist. This year he will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Nicky McMichan playing drums on this occasion.