MONTROSE Accordion and Fiddle Club celebrated its 30th anniversary in style recently with an afternoon’s entertainment in the Park Hotel.
The occasion presented a balance between established musicians including accordionist Cora Nicol, keyboard player Ron Stewart and drummer Gerry Boxall and a new generation in the shape of eight-year-old Innes Kelly who enjoyed his first public performance on piano accordion, accompanied by his teacher, Steven Carcary.
Guesting for the afternoon was the Steven Carcary Scottish Dance Band whose line-up consisted of Steven on lead accordion, Graham Bell on second accordion, Malcolm Ross on drums and Bill Ewan on keyboard, whose well-performed programme kept the large audience well entertained.
During the break the celebratory cake was cut by Angus Gove and Arthur Wood who are two of the club’s original members. This was followed by performances from Arthur Wood on button box with accompanists Scott Band, Ron Stewart and Gerry Boxall; Bill Mackie, Kevin Milne who remained on stage and Angus Gove on mouth organ. Fellow mouth organ player Ally Rennie help keep the toes tapping with a fine selection followed by Lisa Laird on accordion accompanied. Last of the local players was Donald McGregor on trumpet.
Steven Carcary Band played for the remainder of the meeting ring to a close another successful afternoon. The club will now revert to meeting on the first Wednesday of the month and the guests at its next meeting will be the Lomond Ceilidh Duo.