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22-Oct-2010

Bill Wilkie Steps Down After 60 Years!, Perth – UK

Bill Wilkie and Pearl Fawcett-Adriano
Bill Wilkie MBE (picture left) has stepped down after a record breaking 60 years (1949 to 2009) as organizer of the prestigious All Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival in Perth. This festival has produced countless champions who have progressed to successful careers as professional accordionists or bandleaders, and Bill Wilkie’s contribution to the accordion in Scotland cannot be over stated.

The 2009 event featured, for the first time, two all star evening variety shows. The Saturday concert was headlined by Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (picture right), and the Sunday night show starred The Alexander Brothers. The 2-disc DVD of the complete Saturday evening concert is available, featuring accordionists Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Jimmy Cassidy, John Carmichael, Gary Sutherland, Neil Copland, The Bill Wilkie Accordion Orchestra, plus singers, dancers, comedians and musicians. The DVD is available from Wilkie’s Music House in Perth.

The 2010 festival takes place on October 30th, in a new format and venue at The Salutation Hotel in Perth. The festival is now run by a committee, whose chairman is former All Scotland Champion Peter Bruce. The accordion adjudicators are Alastair MacCuish, Wayne Robertson and Gordon Shand, and Claire Telford adjudicates the fiddle sections. The festival begins with a dance on Friday evening to the music of the Graeme Mitchell Scottish Dance Band, and ends on the Saturday night with music from accordionist Robert Black, the Michael Philip SCDB, and fiddler Claire Telford.

For further information email: Audrey.Fenton@perthaccordionfestival.co.uk
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