FROM the moment Billy Anderson opened the Angus Strathspey & Reel Society’s 49th annual concert in the Webster Memorial Theatre last Saturday, the auditorium was engulfed with traditional Scottish music and song.
He introduced the leader, Lindsay Downie, and the conductor, Frank Robb, before the orchestra opened the evening with a lively two-step followed by several well known marches, jigs and reels.
The Angus orchestra was joined by several fiddlers and bass fiddles from all parts of Scotland and enhancing the sound was Joan Blue on the piano.
Billy introduced his band ‘Albany’ and members of the audience were toe-tapping all the way. The sound was phenomenal.
Ian Anderson was on rhythm guitar, on drums was Kenny Downie and on piano was Alan Kitchen who gave a great performance of Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’.
During the second half of the show Alan joined Billy in some duets, both on accordions.
The guest singer for the evening was Maggie Findlay who never fails to delight an audience. She sang several traditional songs and in the second half of the show she followed an American theme. Her final song ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ was outstanding. She was accompanied on the piano by Alison Hart.
A lot of people missed a great show!