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An Evening with James Alexander & Friends

By Alistair Whitfield

James Alexander MBE performing at Speyfest back in 2011.
James Alexander MBE performing at Speyfest back in 2011.

FOCHABERS Institute will welcome one of the village's favourite sons back onto its stage later this month.

Following two sell-out shows last year, James Alexander MBE is set to perform again alongside a stellar line-up.

Appearing besides James on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 will be:

Charlie McKerron (Session a9/Capercaillie) – born in Hopeman

Paul Anderson (Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion) – from Tarland

Douglas Lawerence (has won every major fiddle competition) – from Buckie

Gregor Borland (has played and recorded with many great bands and artists, including Kathryn Tickell, Davy Steele, Jim Malcolm) - from Inverness

Raemond Jappy (Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion) – from Findochty

Shona Donaldson (one of Scotland’s leading young tradition bearers in Scots song) – born in Huntly

Colin Mackay (Country style vocalist/guitarist) – born in Buckie

The evenings, which will run from 7.30pm to late, have been organised as part of the Arc Sessions by Mhairi Marwick, who grew up in Fochabers and is now working as a professional musician in Glasgow.

She said: "I’m so delighted James agreed to do these concerts for a second year.

"They were such a hit last year that it’s no surprise that we all wanted to do them again."

James Alexander is widely acknowledged as a leading exponent, composer and teacher of Scottish traditional music.

As well as being the founder of the Speyfest music festival, he is also the leading light behind another local institution – the Fochabers Fiddlers.

Mhairi continued: "Everyone who knows him or has been taught by him has immense respect and admiration for all that James does.

"He has given generations of people the gift of music in their lives, and yet his modest, inspirational approach to all he does continues."

Tickets can be purchased from Christie’s Chemist in Fochabers or online from www.arcsessions.com

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