Congratulations to Eilidh Macfadyen

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At this year’s National Mòd in Dunoon, the U-19 Accordion Competition was won by Eilidh MacFadyen of Caolis, with Ruaridh Morrison, who has strong Tiree connections, a close second.

Eilidh was a student at Tiree High School and is presently in her second year of studying Music and Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye. She now has a Gold to add to the Silver she won in Stornoway last year. She has also shown her ability to teach accordion – at Feis Thiriodh 2011 and 2012.

She would like to return to her roots some time in the future and maybe replace the ‘old codger’ who teaches accordion here at present.

Ruaridh is in 6th year at Oban High School and a really promising player. Both Eilidh and Ruaridh were praised by adjudicator Ian Mair for their ‘pipey’ interpretation of their respective March, Strathspey and Reel sets. We wish them every success in their musical careers.

Gordon Connell

One comment

  • …now I might have been wondering who that ‘old codger’ you refer to might be – but after watching Beò air a’ Bhogsa – Buaidh Thiriodh, yesterday evening I think I know 🙂 and I know where congratulations should also head – you must very very proud of your protegies. And as many said on the programme, and as my father Hector (McKinnon, Sandaig) would always say – you couldn’t beat Bobby for a good tune to dance to.


    Hugh McKinnon

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