Society on the fiddle at Webster Theatre

Maggie Findlay.
Maggie Findlay.

The Angus Strathspey & Reel Society is holding a Fiddler’s Rally at Arbroath’s Webster Memorial Theatre this Saturday (April 19).

The society, which is formed mainly of fiddle players, will be joined on stage by other musicians from all over Scotland to perform a wide variety of traditional tunes from slow airs to reels.

Joining them on stage will be Robert Lovie, Maggie Findlay, Maggie Adamson and Brian Nicholson.

Robert Lovie is a very accomplished singer and story teller who will compere the concert. Robert is a property manager with the NTS at Fyvie Castle and has recorded many CDs and DVDs as well as performing on TV and radio.

He is well known as a compere at many highland games events including the annual Braemar gathering along with Robbie Shepherd.

Maggie Finlay is from Carnoustie and is a superb singer who has appeared with the society on many occasions. Maggie has performed with Carnoustie Musical Society, Angus Minstrels and the Arbroath Male Voice choir. She recently recorded a CD with the proceeds going towards Alzheimer Scotland Angus Services, Maggie’s favourite charity.

Maggie Adamson and Brian Nicholson are from Shetland and have been playing as a due for five years. They play a variety of different styles of music from the traditional Shetland tunes to rags, Scottish hornpipes, Strathspeys and swing.

They have played many festivals including Celtic Connections, Gosport, Stonehaven, Shetland and Orkney. They have also been guest artists at many Fiddle and Accordion clubs.

They have also played as far afield as Australia, Norway and America. Maggie has held the titles of Oban Fiddle Master and been Glenfiddich champion twice, whilst Brian is acknowledged as one of Shetland’s foremost guitarists.

The pair have won rave reviews for their performances, with Alex Monaghan of ‘Folkworld’ claiming: “More attack than the entire Scottish three quarter line” while Rob Adams of the Glasgow Herald praised their “strong character and mature sense of expression” and Sue Wilson making much of their “jaw-dropping style”.

Tickets for the show are available now from the Webster Theatre Box office, telephone 01241 435800.