Ythan Fiddlers Rally goes with a swing

Leader Trish Gill with Findlay Douglas, who won best Ythan Fiddlers young musician along with Laura Hay (Junior Ythan Fiddlers Leader)
Leader Trish Gill with Findlay Douglas, who won best Ythan Fiddlers young musician along with Laura Hay (Junior Ythan Fiddlers Leader)

Local musicians took to the stage at Haddo House recently for this year’s Ythan Fiddlers Rally.

Around 70 people took part in the event which included performances from the junior and senior section as well as a visitor players orchestra.

Guest Artists Emily Smith and Jamie MacLennan, with compere, Gordon Hay and Ythan Fiddlers Irene Goudie and Alison Struthers

Guest Artists Emily Smith and Jamie MacLennan, with compere, Gordon Hay and Ythan Fiddlers Irene Goudie and Alison Struthers

Ythan Fiddlers leader, Trish Gill told the Times that the event went very well.

She said: “We hold the rally every year and any money raised goes to local charities.

“It was a very enjoyable night with a good turnout of around 180.

“We have received good feedback - particularly about the guest artists who appeared.

“The juniors performed twice, the seniors performed and so did the orchestra which included visiting players from areas including Aberdeen, Perth, Inverness and Elgin.”

The junior trophy is presented to one talented member each year and this year saw Findlay Douglas pick up the special award.

Trish added that the winner is picked based on several reasons.

She said: “Findlay received this year’s junior trophy which is decided on through a variety of different things including improvement and attendance at
practice.

“The group’s whole ethos is based on youngsters performing traditional music to others.”