Fort William concert in aid of Ukrainian refugees raises over £4,000

Famous fiddler Aonghas Grant on stage with pupil Thea Robertson who was playing to a large audience for the first time. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F20 Ukraine concert 02
Famous fiddler Aonghas Grant on stage with pupil Thea Robertson who was playing to a large audience for the first time. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F20 Ukraine concert 02

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The Nevis Centre in Fort William boasted some of the finest in Lochaber musical talent on Saturday night for a special concert to raise funds to help Ukrainian refugees.

More than 300 people were treated to performances from the hugely popular Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band, legendary fiddler Aonghas Grant, Skye Gaelic singer Anne Martin, renowned piper Angus Nicolson, the entertaining John Whyte’s Big Band, talented guitarist and singer Jim Michie with Brian Hepburn, talented Lochaber singer Fergus Munro and the Lochaber Schools Gaelic Choir.

The much-needed funds raised are going directly to the Disaster Emergency Committee for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, to help provide Ukrainian refugees with essentials such as medical supplies, food, clothing, blankets and accommodation.

Organiser Anne Rowan told the Lochaber Times this week that she was delighted with the way the event had gone.

‘It was very well attended, very successful. It was so wonderful for so many people to give up their time for free to help raise much-needed funds for such a worthwhile cause.

‘It looks like it will be fairly well over £4,000, with the raffle alone raising a fantastic £1,000.

‘So a huge ”thank you” to everyone who helped make this special event happen and such a success.’