Tribute: Niall Iain MacLean

Niall Iain MacLean

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On April 8 this year, Inveraray and District Accordion and Fiddle Club lost one of its most respected committee members with the passing of Niall Iain MacLean at the age of 91.

The club was formed in February 1991 and the following year, Niall Iain, as he
was quite simply known to everybody, started compering the monthly
meetings of the club – October to April – and in 1998 took over as chairman.

He had a remarkable memory and time and again a supporting artiste or guest
artiste, after having played some pipe tune or Gaelic airs, Niall Iain would
explain who composed the tunes or, who composed a certain Gaelic air that
had been played and also, who sang it on record – sometimes it was his father.

Another feature of Niall Iain’s chairmanship was his wit and his ‘silly wee
stories’ as he called them, which were eagerly awaited by all.

To Inez and all the family, the members of the Inveraray and District Accordion and
Fiddle Club would like to convey their sincerest sympathies on such a sad loss.