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  • Top Scottish Accordionist SANDY BRECHIN to join OTMP as tutor - new players needed! Free instruments available to loan for new OTMP members who sign up for lessons.

Top Scottish Accordionist SANDY BRECHIN to join OTMP as tutor - new players needed! Free instruments available to loan for new OTMP members who sign up for lessons.

Top Scottish Accordionist SANDY BRECHIN to join OTMP as tutor - new players needed! Free instruments available to loan for new OTMP members who sign up for lessons.

The Orkney Traditional Music Project are delighted to announce that top Scottish Accordionist Sandy Brechin will be making regular trip north from Edinburgh to teach. He'll be joining the tutor team alongside local accordionist Ellen Grieve this term at the Town Hall in Kirkwall.  OTMP Musical Director Erika Shearer said: "I am so pleased that Sandy has agreed to come and help us with the accordions this year - he is in extremely high demand as a performer and tutor; we are very lucky to have secured some dates in his hectic schedule". 

She added: "We have a cupboard full of accordions available free to new members on loan who sign for classes this term."  

As well as the brand new Absolute Beginners classes (for both Accordion and Fiddle) there are also weekly Intermediate and Advanced classes.  Erika added: "We welcome players of all ages and abilities to come along to our fun and relaxed classes. An entire term of weekly class lessons start at only £20 per student (payable at the start of each term.)  Classes run from 10am to 1pm every Saturday during term time.”

Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s best known accordionists, famous for his lightning-fast playing and hilarious on-stage humour. He has developed his own unique approach to the art of accordion playing and his innovative style is instantly recognisable: a combination of slick, incredibly fast finger-work on the melody and a revolutionary method of syncopation on the bass. Sandy was the first in Scotland to play professionally the small 48 bass size of accordion, which is now pretty much his trademark. Despite its small size and range, Sandy gets a huge sound out of it.

Jennifer Wrigley, OTMP Chairperson said: “We are also welcoming absolute beginner fiddlers and players of all ages and abilities to join up this term – no experience necessary!”

This Saturday 26th August from 10am to 12pm at The Town Hall there will be an opportunity to ask any questions and to sign up for the lessons which will start the following week on Saturday 2nd September and run weekly up to the October holidays.  Enrolment can also be made on 2nd September.  For more information visit www.otmp.co.uk e-mail our Musical Director:  erikashearer@btinternet.com or call 781 727.

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