Tartan and tunes create sentimental feelings

Young dancers accompanied by piper Ian McKerral.
Young dancers accompanied by piper Ian McKerral.

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An afternoon of music and dance at Castlehill Primary School created a nostalgic atmosphere which was enjoyed by many of Campbeltown’s senior citizens.

Last Thursday’s ‘tartan afternoon’ featured several musical performances during which pupils displayed their prowess on a variety instruments, including brass, wind and bagpipes.

Residents and members of Kintyre Care Home, Lorne Campbell Court, Elderberries and Woodlands were invited to enjoy the performances, before which they were served tea, coffee and shortbread which was home-baked by teacher Elizabeth Hill who organised the afternoon.

The entertainment was kick-started by members of Castlehill’s very own pipe band, which performed Scotland the Brave and Rowan Tree.

Next it was the turn of the school’s woodwind musicians, with flautists Annie, Cara and Gemma taking to the stage, followed by Emma with her clarinet. The wind performers played Loch Lomond, Ye Banks and Braes and I Love My Love.

Highland dancers were next to perform, dancing the Highland Fling, after which a group of chanter players played Barnyards of Delgaty alongside piping tutor Ian McKerral.

Pupils Morgan, Brandon and Charlie were up next, reading a selection of poems to the audience.

A brass duo was next on the programme, with pupil Eva performing Blue Bells of Scotland alongside brass instructor Mr McDiarmid, both on the trombone.

With it clear that the traditional music was moving the audience, it was the perfect time for a sing-along, with the crowd encouraged to join in as Loch Lomond and Westering Home were played.

The pianist on the day was Katy Cameron who is also the woodwind instructor for Argyll schools.

Afterwards, stick and pad players, under the guidance of tutor Campbell Anderson, joined the chanter players on stage and together they played Battle’s O’er.

Singers Emma, Freya and Gemma continued the entertainment by singing Katie Bairdie.

Freya remained on stage and was joined by her fellow Highland dancers as they performed the Seann Triubhas accompanied by piper Ian McKerral.

The entertainment ended on a high as the choir of pupils aged P3 and upwards filled the stage and sang old favourites Coulter’s Candy and the Skye Boat Song.

It was an afternoon the audience was sure to remember as they left the impressively decorated hall humming the catchy tunes which were stuck in their heads.