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March Club Night Report

The Highland Club met in the usual venue for the March meeting and despite a lower than usual attendance due to inclement weather, and a diminished local players list, the meeting still managed to reach the highest levels.

Hamish Macdougall led the charge with Susie Simpson at the keyboards and Mike Smith on drums.

Susie remained on the keyboards to allow Nichol Mackay to take the lead with his 5 row button box. Great sound from this instrument and Nichol has mastered it to perfection and even managed to slip in a wee strathspey which is not something heard of too often these days.

Jean Millwood completed the local players spot and Susie kept her place at the keyboards and this time John Brander took to the drums. John is a fairly frequent visitor to the club from the Elgin area and is a welcome addition to the players spot.

Time for the guests now and the Colin Garvin Trio had made the trip north from the Livingstone area. Colin on lead box had travelled with drummer Alan Irvine and they were joined by local lad Colin Donaldson on second box.

Colin Garvin is a very experienced player and the leader was in exceptional form and the tunes just kept coming. No story telling of any sort and just top quality playing from start to finish which had the crowd very impressed indeed.

Superb stuff from the guests before the half time cuppa.

After the break Susie Simpson returned with the box and played some cracking wee sets as a soloist. It had been a busy night for Susie so far and she had earned a rest.  Thanks Susie.

Fraser Maclean followed on and had Calum Mackaskill on guitar and John Brander returned to the drums. Fraser is a master at storytelling and managed to insert a great deal of humour involving a couple revisiting their honeymoon hotel. All good (and clean) stuff.

Back to the guests to close the show. Straight into top gear for Colin and the boys and they just stayed in cruise the whole way through. A really splendid display of top notch music, including a wee modern waltz by way of a variation, was very well received and they managed very comfortably to send the faithful home in a great frame of mind.

Yet another very good evening's entertainment at the Highland Club.

Bob Wares.