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Accordion with Addie Harper and Richard Smith

START: 13 July 2020
END: 17 July 2020
COST: £260






**Please note our accommodation options have changed.  We now offer accommodation on a FULL-BOARD basis only.  Please see our accommodation page for further details.**

In this 5 day course for all abilities, you will have the opportunity to learn tunes, techniques, harmonies and chords from Caithness virtuoso Addie Harper Jnr.  Addie is in regular demand as a tutor and performer throughout Scotland and beyond, and he has become a firm favourite of the SMO Summer Short Courses.

Addie hails from a renowned musical family, and those who take his course find he creates a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere, enjoying his calm instruction and patience and as such, he regularly draws students from all quarters. This year joining Addie as a support tutor is the incrediblytalented Richard Smith. Richard, a full-time musician and fluent Gaelic-speaker from Wick, has been teaching music for 10 years, with over 20 years’ public performance experience. He is the musical director at the Wick Players and plays in several bands, including ’The Addie Harper Band’ and ‘The North Coast Fiddlers’. He also tutors regularly for Fèis air an Oir, Fèis Rois, Fèis Ghallaibh, and Fèis Chataibh, as well as the young trad band ‘Na Caileagan’.

We cannot wait to have them teaching with us in 2020!

As part of the course, students are expected to perform together at the Thursday night cèilidh at the College, and although some may find this daunting, Addie ensures that everyone, who wants to, can take part on stage with the group regardless of ability.

As this course runs the same week as the Button Box course at SMO with Fergie MacDonald, there will be plenty of opportunity to play with other box players and indeed a chance to hear three of Scotland’s finest musicians in a special night of music during the course week.

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