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Towie Concert

by Jim - 07:34 on 06 November 2009

Yet another enjoyable concert from our point of view (and I think from that of the audience too). Towie Public Hall is a fairly typical village hall in a fairly remote rural area.....the road out from Alford through Mossat and Kildrummy always seems to take for ever, and we were glad to arrive at the hall with its welcoming lights. The welcome continued inside, with a warm greeting from Eileen Davies, who had organised the event, who showed us to a dressing room (we've never had a dressing room before....very impressed!). It was a nice area in which to sort ourselves out and gather our thoughts....and as warm as toast too.The audience was not large in number, but what a welcome....and the foot tapping and clapping in time to the music was only exceeded in volume by the warm appreciation at the end of each set of tunes. An excellent spread of sandwiches and fauncy pieces at half time (many thanks, much appreciated) and, dare I say, a few of our group went off with a fair number of the raffle prizes (well that settled a few Christmas presents......lol!).

Many thanks to Moira Downey for her amusing stories and wonderful singing (which was particularly appreciated by a number of the audience who were members of the Strathdon Singers...they said she had a wonderful voice, and she does!), and also to Alan Taylor who sang two bothy ballads (including my favourite from Orkney about the boy who used butter instead of rosin on his father's fiddle bow). Particular thanks also to Lena Garden (keyboard), John Dow (accordion) and young Eoin Taylor (mandolin) for their solo part of Bennachie Sunrise, which sounded superb (and, of course, to Hugh and Bob for their leadership)......and finally thanks to all who turned up.


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