Annual fiddle festival in Kirriemuir

FRESH from the success of their annual fiddle festival in Kirriemuir, members of the Angus Strathspey and Reel Society are now looking forward to a brace of concerts which take place this month.

First up is their concert in Letham Church tonight (Thursday, November 22) at 7.30 p.m. Then on Friday, November 30, they will perform a private concert at Kingspark School in Dundee.

Musicians from near and far provided the highest quality celebration marking 40 years of Kirriemuir Fiddle Festival last Saturday.

Angus Strathspey and Reel Society stages the annual event and following a day of high calibre competitive classes in the St Andrew’s Church, the players’ talents were appreciated by a larger than usual audience for the traditional evening concert.

The day proved to be a memorable one for the hosts, with Angus Strathspey and Reel Society carrying off the orchestra prize for the first time in a number of years.

The adjudicator was Maureen Rutherford from Perth.

The event’s championship showdown brought together the top trio of Maggie Adamson from Shetland, Anne Nicoll of Inverurie and Cupar’s Lesley Thompson. Maggie Adamson triumphed - but earlier in the competition these musicians played in harmony with pianist Joan Blue to from the winning quartet. The results were as follows:- Slow air and reel - Anna Westwell, Edinburgh; junior march, strathspey and reel - Stuart Davidson, Tarves; composition (reel) - Angus Scott, Arbroath; slow air - Maggie Adamson, Shetland; senior march, strathspey and reel - George Davidson; hornpipe - Maggie Adamson; championship - Maggie Adamson; quartet - Anne Nicoll Quartet; orchestra - Angus Strathspey and Reel Society; best runner-up - Lesley Thompson, Cupar.