Accordion and Fiddle Club rescued

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SELKIRK Accordion and Fiddle Club has been saved from going out of existence, and will re-start its monthly meetings on Thursday, September 8.

It was set up 28 years ago, but rising costs meant the club was ready to fold but Scottish accordion champion Paul Capaldi, pictured, top of page, along with a series of anonymous sponsors, have stepped in to keep the club going.

Paul, from Galashiels, said: “A few people got in touch and asked me if I would consider keeping it going. The club had simply run out of money. Each meeting you have a guest artist and depending who it is, the cost can be between £150 and £300. But if not enough people are coming through the door it is difficult to generate that income at every meeting.”v

MC Robin Davidson said the club was founded by Murray Beattie in 1983 and has held monthly meetings in Selkirk Cricket Club since its inception, apart from a three-year stint in O’Malley’s.

Robin said: “We have had some very good bands and musicians such as Jim Johnstone, Bill Black and John Laidlaw. Musicians came from across Scotland and we got a lot of help from other players in the Borders.”

Paul went on: “I remember the Alexander Brothers performed at the Victoria Halls a few years ago as a fundraiser for the Berwick Bandits.

“We got an audience of around 200, and while a few tickets were sold in Galashiels and Hawick, the vast majority was from Selkirk.

“It showed there is a real passion for traditional Scottish music, in particular accordion and fiddle, in the town.”

The September meeting of Selkirk Accordion and Fiddle Club at Selkirk CC features Coldstream Fiddle Club chairman Ewen Galloway.

Meanwhile, Lauder AFC, also organised by Paul Capaldi, next meets on September 4 when Dumbarton’s Wullie Scott performs, with admission £3. Phone Paul on 01896 750123 for more details.

Paul will also feature in Accordiana 3 alongside KODA, Leonard Brown, Keith Dickson Accordion Orchestra, Andrew Gibb and Nicky McMichan, on Sunday, September 18 at Langlee Community Centre. Tickets are available from Paul for £10 (£8 concessions).