Dingwall & District Accordion & Fiddle Club

Dingwall Community Collage

Dingwall & District Accordion & Fiddle Club members
Back Row - Jonathon McKendry, Louise Blakemore, Alison Fraser, Ronnie Douglas, Cammie MacLean, Sheila Kerr, Andrew Bremner, Mhairi Kerr
Front - Arran Devine, Alexander MacKenzie, John Devine, David MacKenzie, Lachie Campbell, Mathew MacLennan
Standing - Alasdair Hunter

Members of the Dingwall & District Accordion & Fiddle Club
John Devine, Alexander MacKenzie, Mathew MacLennan, David MacKenzie, Arran Devine ( fiddle )


The club was set up in 1979.

Venue - National Hotel, Dingwall.

Musical evenings held on the first Wednesday of the month from September to June, i.e. 10 per year. January may be on the second Wednesday if New Year's day is too close.
For the past few years membership stands at around 100-110.

Charges - Membership = £3.
Admission - Members and OAP's = £2, non-members £3.

The aim of the club is to foster and encourage interest in music and in so doing, organise musical evenings giving club members and guests the opportunity to hear local musicians and invited guest artistes.

Musical evenings commence at 7.30pm. The first one and a quarter hours is taken up with the local players including most of the younger players. The next half to three quarter hour is devoted to guest artistes. There is then an interval of approx. a quarter hour, when tea and/or stovies are available. The second half commences at 9.45pm with the more mature local players until around 10.30pm. Followed by a second spit from the guest artiste finishing at 11.15pm.

Normally we have 15 + local players. They may play solo or in small groups. We aim for a good standard of guest artistes. We may have a solo player but more often we have duos or trios. We occasionally have full bands but these can be expensive. Quite a few artists come from the Central Belt or even further afield.

There is no provision for accordion tuition in the schools and there are not many good tutors available locally. For the past few 5 or 6 years the club has established accordion tuition. It has arranged for Alastair Hunter the well known band leader from Aberdeen to travel to Dingwall on a Saturday once per month. He takes 9-10 pupils for one half hour individual tuition as each unit. The club pays fully half the cost. The council did assist financially for a time but this has now ceased.

Chairman - J. A. Stephen, Tullich, Proby Street, Maryburgh.
Treasurer - Mrs Christine Matheson
Secretary - D. R. Gordon, Culbokie by Dingwall. Tel: 01349 877483.

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