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Monymusk Gala

by Jim - 07:36 on 17 June 2009

On Sunday afternoon, 14th June, we were asked to play at Monymusk Hall whilst folk attending the Monymusk Gala sat and took their refreshments. It was a pleasant afternoon with a steady stream of visitors, including cyclists on the Inverurie Bike Ride stopping for a break (we hope we didn't put you off your fly cups!) and the weather stayed good for the Gala.

We were pleased to have our newest recruit present playing his mandolin, young Eoin Taylor, recent winner of the junior bothy ballad competitions at Strichen and at Keith, and even more pleased when he agreed to sing a bothy ballad. The attention of the passing audience had been on refreshments up to that point, and rightly so (we were background musical entertainment after all), but when Eoin stood up and started to sing, everyone stopped what they were doing and listened in amazement to this young lad's performance. What a powerful voice and what a mature and confident wonder he has won so many competitions. Well done Eoin, and we hope you will be with us for many more of our future concerts and performances.

Thanks to Rachel Boal (another new recruit to the Fiddlers and the organiser of the Gala) for inviting us and thanks also to the ladies who provided us with tea and cakes at the end of the session. Incidentally, one of the tunes we played was the march "Monymusk" which we recently discovered and have added to our play list....a great tune!

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