Belfast gripped by fiddle fever – Belfast

Belfast Telegraph, August 31st 1991

The remarkable Scottish Fiddle Orchestra hit the right note with a packed audience in a very hot Ulster hall last night. The marvellous success of the event was perhaps summed up by someone who, quoting a local wag, said at one point – “Yis are stickin’ out”. Promoters and the Belfast benevolent Society of St Andrew must have been pleased.

It was indeed a remarkable event by 100 or so musicians and artists, all brought under the baton of the remarkable John Mason, conductor and Musical Director, and with the assistance of master of ceremonies radio and TV personality Robbie Shepherd. More remarkable still was the sound of a crying baby at one stage, but mum soon beat a hasty retreat into one of the corridors.

Enough of the remarkable though – the musical artistry was there as the great ensemble moved through reels, jigs, strathspeys and hornpipes and, as expected, there were some Irishmen and women in the midst of the Scottish throng. Indeed, one of the many highlights was the playing of some music from Carolan by the very talented Garrykennedy Heritage Players from North Tipperary. Sweet music here for anyone’s ear……
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