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Young at Heart 8 x 32 Jig Two tunes by the young accordionist & bandleader Nicky McMichan open this set for a steady start to the CD September In Skye 3 x 32 Strathspey Marian’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 Dream Farewell to Portrush 8 x 32 Jig 3 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 Wardrobe 8 x 32 Reel Set in Roosendaal 2x32 Strathspey + 2x32 Jig The talents of Nicky McMichan shine again here with all four tunes by him - two traditional style strathspeys followed by two jaunty jigs Rainbow’s End 8 x 32 Reel Two more new tunes from Marian The Orchards of Armagh 3 x 32 Strathspey Three beautiful airs - will this track rival City of Belfast from 10 years ago? A Glint in the Eye 4 x 32 Jig (2 chords)
Snow in Summer 8 x 32 Strathspey Marian composed the named tune and teamed it with three from Muriel Johnstone Platinum Skies 8 x 32 Reel 2nd tune is John Renton’s Iain Peterson Comber Car Park 3 x 32 Strathspey Two more tunes from Marian (including her Farewell to Benbecula) follow Jack’s Humour by Chris Dewhurst Bunker Hill 4 x 48 Jig John Campbell devised the dance and composed the lead tune, followed here by tunes from Ian Muir, Marie Fielding & Gordon Shand The Lonely Honeybee 8 x 32 Reel Lesser known composers contribute to this track - Steven Carcary, Fergie MacDonald, Stuart Robertson & Addie Harper Jr. Humours of California 8 x 32 Strathspey Whilst 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 Falkirk Love Life to the Max 4 x 32 Waltz Marian’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
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RSCDS Belfast Branch Platinum Anniversary Dances
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 70 th  Anniversary with a Gala Evening on December 3 rd  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).
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