Fred on the fidle for music spectacular

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THE full line-up for this year’s Fiddlers’ Spectacular at His Majesty’s Theatre has been announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Joining the already confirmed Aberdeen & Banchory Strathspey & Reel Societies and Scotland’s tenors Caledon at the three-night-run will be comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAulay, conductor Graeme Reid, accordionist Craig Paton and the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band.

The Fiddlers’ Spectacular runs at His Majesty’s Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, May 5 to 7 and tickets are on sale now online at or by phone at 01224 641122.

“We are excited to add Fred, Graeme, Craig and the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band to the line-up of the Fiddlers Spectacular” said Aberdeen Performing Arts’ head of programming Ben Torrie.

“The combination of the traditional music played by the most talented people in the business and top quality Scots comedy will ensure an unforgettable run at HMT.”

Fred MacAulay is one of the most famous faces of Scottish comedy today, with a popular morning radio show and a string of TV credits that make Carol Vorderman seem camera shy.

His on screen reputation and on air witticisms are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever Scottish compere at London’s famous Comedy Store.

Craig Paton attended Aberdeen City Music School where he was a student of John Bone from Inverallochy nr. Fraserburgh. He took up the accordion aged nine when he was taught at Wilkies School of Music in Perth.

A year later he won two first positions for Classical and Pipe Music at the NAAFC Musselburgh Festival.

He now plays at 1st Diploma level and continues to win competitions around the country. He has played on TV and Radio and has represented the World Burns Federation at the Scottish Parliament.