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Young at Heart8 x 32 JigTwo tunes by the young accordionist & bandleader Nicky McMichan open this set for a steady start to the CDSeptember In Skye3 x 32 StrathspeyMarian’s tune for the dance deviser is followed by One for the Road (Gordon Shand) and the set finishes with another Marian Anderson tune, A Dancer’s DreamFarewell to Portrush8 x 32 Jig3 of Marian’s compositions are teamed with the traditional Willie Walsh’s Jig to complete these tunes which seem to speak of steam train journeys. The Wardrobe8 x 32 ReelSet in Roosendaal2x32 Strathspey + 2x32 JigThe talents of Nicky McMichan shine again here with all four tunes by him - two traditional style strathspeys followed by two jaunty jigsRainbow’s End8 x 32 ReelTwo more new tunes from MarianThe Orchards of Armagh3 x 32 StrathspeyThree beautiful airs - will this track rival City of Belfast from 10 years ago?A Glint in the Eye4 x 32 Jig (2 chords)
Snow in Summer8 x 32 StrathspeyMarian composed the named tune and teamed it with three from Muriel JohnstonePlatinum Skies8 x 32 Reel2nd tune is John Renton’s Iain PetersonComber Car Park3 x 32 StrathspeyTwo more tunes from Marian (including her Farewell to Benbecula) follow Jack’s Humour by Chris Dewhurst Bunker Hill4 x 48 JigJohn Campbell devised the dance and composed the lead tune, followed here by tunes from Ian Muir, Marie Fielding & Gordon ShandThe Lonely Honeybee8 x 32 ReelLesser known composers contribute to this track - Steven Carcary, Fergie MacDonald, Stuart Robertson & Addie Harper Jr.Humours of California8 x 32 StrathspeyWhilst the name tune is traditional, the dance was devised by John Wilkinson and dedicated to Marian & Max for their wedding in 2015, very appropriately as they live in the village of California near FalkirkLove Life to the Max4 x 32 WaltzMarian’s wedding gift to Max, played for the first time at their wedding party. Belfast Branch feel very honoured to have been given this for their CD
In 2006 as RSCDS Belfast Branch was celebrating their Diamond Jubilee, they organised a competition to devise dances, with the winning dance being “City of Belfast” by Lucy Mulholland. Ten years later, as the Branch celebrate their 70th Anniversary with a Gala Evening on December 3rd 2016 in the magnificent surroundings of the Titanic Suite, Belfast, they have produced another Book and accompanying CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band, set to rival their Diamond Collection.There are 14 new dances (4 jigs, 4 reels, 5 strathspeys and a medley) by 10 different devisers, with a very special waltz to finish the CD. The sheet music for all the original lead tunes is printed in the book. All tracks are played at a steady pace.The current recording line-up for the Band is Marian Anderson (accordion), Graham Bell (2nd accordion), Marie Fielding (fiddle), Isobelle Hodgson (piano & bass) & Max Ketchin (drums).