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14th November 2006
To all our surprise the Wick Accordion & Fiddle Club has been nominated in this years Scots Traditional Music Awards for Club of the year. It would be great if you could put in a vote for the club as we have all done a lot to make it a good club for audiences and guest performers alike.
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For our first meeting of the season in the The Mackay's Hotel on Tuesday 19'th September an appreciative audience enjoyed an excellent night's entertainment.
To start the evening we had all the local musicians on stage giving us a rousing stramash, then Kevin Gunn on accordion, Addie Harper on second box, David Steven on drums and Isobel Harper on piano played two great sets which got the feet tapping!!
Next it was the turn of North Sound with Stephanie Harper, Eilidh Gunn, and Sarah Louise Crawford on accordions and Isobel on piano,. Well played girls.
It was nice to welcome fiddler Kimberly Mackay back to the club, she played two fine tunes, ; Kimberly was leaving the next day to take up her place at the RSAMD in Glasgow.
A well played solo spot then next from Katie Nicol on accordion playing The Furrow's End, . Katie was then joined by the other members of The Wick Young Traditionals, - Michelle Fraser, Aimee Foubister, and Douglas Mackay, all on accordions, accompanied by Isobel on piano playing North Coast Shuffle and Hazel Villa. Then, bringing us up to the Guest Artiste spot, we had some lively sets from Addie Harper on accordion, David Steven on drums and Isobel on piano.
It was now time to welcome Nicol McLaren and the The Glencraig S.D.B,. our Guest Artistes for the evening, with Nicol on accordion, Gordon Howe on fiddle, Suzanne Croy on basebass, Kirsty Glen on piano and David Bell on drums. Begining Beginning with a set of 4/4 Marches marches, the band gave us a varied progamme programme including Jjig's, Pipe pipe Marchesmarches, Waltzeswaltzes, Two two-sSteps, 6/8 Marches marches and finishing off their first spot with some cracking Reelsreels.
After a short break to draw the raffle the second half began with the The Caithness Volunteers, who are Irene Mackay, Della Wright, Katie Henderson, Donald Macgregor, and Brian Polson, all on fiddles, Wullie Gunn on accordion and Isobel on piano playing two good sets.
The Elizabeth Mackenzie Band were next with Elizabeth on accodionaccordion, Ian Macdonald on fiddle and David Steven on drums playing to their usual high standard,and. they They were followed by another first class performance from accordion player Lee Mackay. Then Alastair Macdonald on accordion, David on drums and Isobel on piano played two cracking sets taking us up to the Guest Artiste time again.
Nicol and the band Band returned to the stage and delighted the audience once more with another excellent selection. This time playing Jjig's, 4/4 Marchesmarches, Waltzes waltzes and Reels reels before we had a fiddle solo from Gordon accompanied by Kirsty. Continuing then with some sing- along tunes, a few stories from Nicol thrown in for good measure followed by an Iain MacPhail Polkapolka, more Jig's jigs and finally some Canadian and Shetland Reelsreels.
All our local musicians joined Nicol and his band Band for a lively stramash, bringing a fantastic evening's entertainment to a close, . a A great start to our 31st season.
On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Nicol and his band Band for coming north, all our local musicians and the audience for their continued support.