Donald Black Band gets Sunart Centre jumping

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Friday saw the Sunart Centre in Strontian hosting the Donald Black Band for a rousing evening of traditional music.

Accompanied by Donnie Mackenzie on guitar and Màrtainn Skene on keyboard, accordion front man Black treated the audience to the sort of music it is impossible to sit still to.

Regularly dipping his collection of harmonicas in what he assured us was the finest Scottish whisky as he rapidly changed between them, Black played a wonderful selection of jigs, marches, airs and reels.

Slow and haunting tunes sat alongside fast and furious with his rendition of The Highland Express shaking the seats as people clapped, stamped, whistled and whooped along with the music.

Black had introduced it by telling us to picture the express train leaving Glasgow heading for the Highlands filled with carriages full of happy people, gathering speed as it went north.

It felt as though the train could have entered the stage behind him at any point!

Black is a much celebrated harmonica player who has played all over the world and collaborated with many musicians, including Runrig’s Malcom Jones, but his favourite duet performances remain those with his own mother, whom he played with right into her 80s.

This summer’s live music events at the Sunart Centre continue with Fras on August 23.

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