‘Bothy Night’ hailed a great success

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Fraserburgh Rotary Club hosted a very successful traditional music event at the Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on Saturday, April 18.

Well known stalwart of traditional music Bill Gray compered the evening in his trademark humorous style and also performed some of his favourite songs.

Sisters Natasha and Nicole Cruden opened the performance on piano and fiddle, with organisers saying they have the talent to become established performers in the traditional music scene.

Local farmer and Rotarian John Fowlie gave guests a Doric weather forecast for the North-east and there were poems by Ian Middleton who gave wonderful insights into our local culture.

Talented fiddler Hannah Beattie from Portsoy played some beautiful sets and accompanied Bill Gray for a number of songs. Hannah was a pupil of James Alexander of Fochaber Fiddlers fame.

The Bothy Ballad performers were Allan Taylor from Alford, Natalie Chalmers from the Broch and the current bothy ballad champion, Hector Riddell - all of whom are very talented, experienced performers and well known on the Bothy circuit.

Their choice of songs highlighted different aspects of the Bothy life, depicting the hardships but also the humour of the times.

North East Scotland College provided a ‘Broch Bothy’ backdrop screen and thanks go to David Herd for producing the artwork.

The audience donated generously to the raffle and all profits will go towards Fraserburgh Rotary’s local charities fund.

The Leisure Centre served stovies, tea and a fine piece at the interval, and organisers declared the event “one of the best value evenings ever” with a fantastic array of talent on show.