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NEWS

14th February 2016

Tickets are now available for all of the 2016 events, The May Day Ceilidh on Sunday 1st May in the Reid Hall Forfar and the Festival Weekend from Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd July throughout various venues in Arbroath, Sure to be another super weekend! Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

SB

 

2nd February 2015

Tickets are now available for all of the 2015 events, The May Day Ceilidh in the Reid Hall Forfar on Sunday 3rd May is sure to be another great afternoon of dancing with music provided by several top class musicians that are on the scene today! Also all of the tickets for the 2015 festival are available, The festival will run from Friday 3rd July until Sunday 5th July.

SB

 

10th August 2014

After 12 years on the committee Ron Ramsay has decided to resign his post as secretary/treasurer of the festival. We would like to wish Ron all the best in the future.

The Festival will go ahead with a new committee of;

Chairman - Steven Carcary

Secretary - Graham Bell

Treasurer - Kevin Milne

Alison Smeaton

Alisha Smeaton

Morag Grant

Scott Band 

Plans are already underway for the 2015 festival from 3rd - 5th July 2015 as usual around various venues in Arbroath.

Bands provisionally booked for 2015 are;

Clappy Doo Ceilidh Band

Iain MacPhail SDB

Tom Orr SDB

Steven Carcary SDB

Robert Whitehead SDB

There is also to be a "May Day Ceilidh" on Sunday 3rd May 2015 in the Reid Hall, Forfar from 2pm - 5:30pm featuring various musicians supplying the music for a great afternoons dancing.

Tickets for the "May Day Ceilidh" and also the 2015 festival will be available in due course.

Once again we would like to thank all of the musicians and dancers who attend the festival for their continued support over the years and we hope to see you all next year!

SB

 

 

The DVD of the Grand dance recorded at the 11th Angus Accordion & Fiddle Festival (2013) is now available featuring John Caskie; Burns Brothers Ceilidh Ban; Scottish Dance Bands of Scott Nichol; Ian Muir; Graeme Mitchell; Ewan Galloway and Gary Sutherland. 

 

 

 

12th July 2012

Scottish Music lovers and Ceilidh dancers came from all a' the airts including a founder member of the Festival, Sheona Smith now residing in Canada.  Shetland and the Western Isles were well represented, likewise Glasgow, Edinburgh. and the Grampian area.  Aficionados also from Northumberland and the Carlisle area mixed with the locals from Tayside renewing old friendships and making new.

On Thursday night the company who attended the Scottish Variety Show were treated to an excellent nights entertainment from compere and Scotland’s Son of Fun, Eddie Rose, local Fiddler Karen Hannah, The Lomond Ceilidh Band from Fife with Addie Harper from Wick guesting, young piper Kyle McIntyre from Alyth, Accordionists the Burns Brothers from Airdrie, local lad and bothy ballad champion Scott Gardiner.  From Newcastle we had a very talented accordionist, Leonard Brown, accompanied on percussion by our own Malcolm Ross

The Friday night Concerts and Dances held simultaneously in the Meadowbank Inn and the Royal British Legion were both sold out.  The Artists appearing at these functions were accordionist Sandy Lindsay from Amulree, Steven Carcary’s Young accordionists,  

The Burns Brothers, Leonard Brown & Malcolm Ross, comperes Eddie Rose and Scott Gardiner. The BBC Broadcasting Bands of Ian Muir from Prestwick; Lomond Ceilidh Band from Fife, Iain MacPhail from Edinburgh, Marian Anderson from Falkirk, Lynne Christie from Portlethen and Robert Whitehead from Morpeth also appeared at the Friday night functions as well as playing to over 350 dancers in the Community Centre on the Saturday night with compere Andy Kain keeping it all together

The pub sessions were well attended on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a great atmosphere. The Festival finale was the Ceilidh in the Community Centre and we were treated to a host of different bands such as the Lomond Ceilidh Band, Iain MacPhail, Colin Brown of the Pentlands Ceilidh Band, Marian Anderson Band, Susan MacFadyen Band. Lyne Valley Band with David Bell, Young Accordionists, Scott Band, Ewan Galloway, Leonard Brown and Gary Sutherland. Drummers for the evening were Kevin Milne, Ian Riddle, Malcolm Ross, Alisha Smeaton and on keyboard Jim Nichol and Gary Sutherland

 Noted Singer and Radio Tay presenter Ian Lees kept the Ceilidh running smoothly.

Feedback has been fantastic with very complimentary remarks regarding the musicians and the festival in general.

The Committee thanks everyone, especially the musicians who were not immediately involved in the festival, who supported us during the weekend.

RR