Cracker of an evening for club’s 40th anniversary

Over 100 people gathered at Kelso Racecourse on September 28, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kelso Accordion and Fiddle Club.

And as enthusiasts of Scottish music they certainly celebrated in style. The evening’s entertainment kicked off with the very welcome return of one of the original committee members, Sandy White, who played a faultless couple of sets.

Following on from this the company were treated to a selection of local artistes including accordionists, fiddlers and even a concertina player.

Some musicians also played the piano and drums so on most occasions off-the-cuff bands were formed to accompany the lead players.

A break in the music allowed for the cutting of the celebration cake. The knife was wielded by Janet Middlemiss, accompanied by original committee members Alec Richardson, John Crombie, Sandy White, Dod Dixon, Will Gillie. They were then joined by the current committee led by MC and President Jim Wilson.

After a selection of pieces from local musicians, the evening continued with one of the top bands in the country, the James Coutts Scottish Dance Band, consisting of James Coutts (lead accordion), with Iain Cathcart (2nd box), Ian Adamson (drums), and Graham Berry (piano).

The celebrations were brought to a close in great style by another selection of excellent Scottish sets from the James Coutts SDB, plus a sublime foxtrot set including The White Cliffs of Dover and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and a selection of American marches, great stuff!

If this has stirred your enthusiasm, the Accordion and Fiddle Club is open to all, you can become a member or just come and pay on the night and if you play an instrument, entry is free.

Find them on Facebook, or you can contact secretary Kevin Sterrick on 07920 520475.