Garioch Fiddlers host Annual Rally

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The Garioch Fiddlers’ Annual Rally was held in Inverurie Town Hall on Saturday, April 23.

Players came from as far afield as Dundee as well as from many local Strathspey and Reel Societies to take part.

The Conductor, Colin Dempster, provided a programme of many old favourite sets with a sprinkling of some new music.

It was also the first public performance of Anne Watt’s waltz, composed by Society member Ian Thow, to celebrate the 30+ years which Anne has given as accompanist to the Society.

The Junior Orchestra was out in force to the delight of the local community and a special performance was given by Morna Holmes and Justine Matthew, who had recently graduated from the Juniors to the Seniors section of the Garioch Fiddlers.

The Junior awards were presented to Chloe Barber for Best Junior Fiddler of the Year, Juliette Taylor for Best Slow Air, and to Finlay Morse as 2016 Garioch Fiddlers Young Fiddler of the Year.

Finlay entertained the audience by playing his winning section.

From Shetland, Maggie Adamson on fiddle and Brian Nicholson on guitar were the star guests.

Maggie, who has twice won the Glenfiddich Fiddlers Champion of Champions Award, and Brian, who plays in manay current top bands, performed a wonderfully varied selection which literally made jaws drop.

The Juniors looked on in amazement while some of the very experienced old hands smiled in full appreciation of the virtuosity displayed before their eyes (and ears).

It was violin music of the highest calibre which combined both homage to the Shetland tradition and the broader violin repertoire including an exquisite rendition of Czardas (Monti) taking everyone to Hungary, and a very lively “Orange Blossom Special” transporting the audience to the 1920’s luxury of the Pennsylvania Railroad, USA - and this was in Inverurie on a cold April night!

The Rally was excellently supported by the very able and committed band of volunteers both on and off stage.

Organisers of the Rally are delighted to say the whole occasion was a great success.