Making a song and dance

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The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra will return to DG One in Dumfries on Saturday, October 27, with its exciting and lively evening of Scottish music, song and dance.

Following the success of previous years, this year’s programme will include two recently composed pieces written in tribute to the SFO’s founder and musical director, the late John Mason: a beautiful slow air written by SFO soloist Yla Steven and a march, Strathspey and reel written by SFO leader Bill Cook.

Also included will be The Old Man of Hoy, written by John Mason, and an arrangement by Blair Parham, SFO conductor, for orchestra, pipes and drums of the well known slow air MacPherson’s Farewell.

For the first time the SFO will be joined by young pipers from the Annan Juvenile Pipe Band.

In addition, the joyful entertainment will, as usual, feature lively jigs and reels, plus top-class singers, Debra Stewart and Jim Nicol, and young local dancers Catriona and Marnie Clark, and Solana Johnstone. Catriona started dancing with the SFO in 2006. In 2008 she was joined by her younger sister Marni and in 2009 by Solana Johnstone. They are all pupils of The Myra Shuttleworth School of Dance.

Once again compere for the evening will be Jim McColl, of the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden, with his inimitable sense of humour, and the conductor will be Blair Parham.

The SFO hopes that its stirring programme, with around 100 performers, will provide a memorable and happy evening which will delight young and old alike.

Tickets, priced £17, are available from the box office at DG One 01387 243550 or on the web site