A braw time at the Accordion & Fiddle

THE MARCH meeting of Montrose Accordion and Fiddle Club was held in the usual venue of the Park Hotel, where an almost full house was welcomed by compere Ron Ramsay.

He introduced Bill Mackie on button box to take the opening spot, accompanied by Ron Stewart who was resident keyboard player for the evening.

Cora Nicol followed on accordion and gave a nice couple of selections. Arthur Wood on button box was next on stage and kept the toes tapping.

Ally Rennie on mouth organ kept the music flowing with his choice of music. Allan Petrie on button box followed with another fine selection and last of the local players Johnny Duncan on accordion, Dave Smith on fiddle and Malcolm Ross on drums finished off the first half with a nice set.

The special guests for the evening were Leonard Brown and Malcolm Ross.

Leonard, from Newcastle, on accordion and the club’s own Malcolm on drums provided a very entertaining programme which delighted the audience.

After the break for the raffle and stovies, the second half started off with Ian Cruickshanks on button box, Malcolm Ross on drums and Ron Stewart on keyboard, closely followed by Johnny Duncan and Dave Smith, also accompanied by Malcolm and Ron.

Club stalwart Angus Gove gave a selection on the mouth organ which was appreciated by the company.

The guest duo played another superb programme to bring the evening to a close.

During the evening presentations were made to Dave Ross and George Balfour in appreciation of their input to the club’s activities over the years. They have now stood down from committee duties.

The guest band for April is the Ewan Galloway Scottish Dance Band, and for May it will be Scott Band.

The Montrose club meets on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 5pm in the usual venue of the Park Hotel.