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Rhilochan Craic – 17 November 2017

It was a dreich Friday evening and Joe Beedles had nicely warmed up the heritage centre at Rhilochan School to welcome the crowd. With Charlotte Gibson on refreshments and Alex Campbell (Eiden) organising the raffle, we were in good hands.

It was great to see some new faces – and plenty of our usual stalwarts – who had come out, despite the foul night, to celebrate our musical heritage. After a short meeting to elect the revised committee the musical feast began.

Heather McRae, who had travelled from Portmahomack with Lachie Campbell (Bonar), and the two Greens from Lairg – Frank and Fran – provided the backbone to the evening playing accordions, fiddle and whistle. After tea, delicious traybakes and the raffle the music restarted with Bruce from Rosemount adding percussion on his cajon box drum whilst Ruwan (Ascoile) strummed his ukulele and Chris (West Pittentrail) joined in with his harmonica.

Heather, Lachie, Fran and Frank

We heard many classics from the fiddle and box repertoire including John MacDonald’s ‘Rhilochan School’, along with some Irish airs on the whistle. As a tribute to the Penny and Robin’s flitting to the Orkneys Frank and Fran had rehearsed a delightful tune from Westray. Apologies for the lack of detail about exactly what was on the musical menu, I was too busy enjoying myself to remember to take notes.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us, specially the wonderful musicians.

Charlotte reading a message from John MacDonald

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