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Sandy Brechin and Bob McNeill In Concert


Sun 17 May 2015, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Where: The Earth House, 1307 Oruru Road, Peria, Doubtless Bay, Far North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Anne-Marie Forsyth

If you want to see a top Scottish act, this is the one!

Sandy Brechin is one of Scotland’s best known accordionists, famous for his lightning-fast playing and hilarious on-stage humour. He has developed his own unique approach to the art of accordion playing and his innovative style is instantly recognisable: a combination of slick, incredibly fast finger-work on the melody and a revolutionary method of syncopation on the bass. Sandy was the first in Scotland to play professionally the small 48 bass size of accordion, which is now pretty much his trademark.

“If you want to hear what an accordion can do in the right hands, put it in the right and left hands of Sandy Brechin.” – The Living Tradition

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Sandy has played with many well-known Scottish bands all over the world, dabbled in the Eurovision Song Contest, published a book of his own compositions, made a couple of teaching videos, taught at music schools internationally, performed for royalty, acted on stage… this could all start to sound quite dry, but please bear in mind that this is the same Sandy Brechin of whom Radio Scotland said “He’s a very lucid, sane person, given that he’s a complete loony”!

Since moving from his native Glasgow to New Zealand in 1998, Bob McNeill has established himself as one of New Zealand’s foremost singer-songwriters. His song-writing and performances have earned him three New Zealand Music Awards for Best Folk Album and his songs have been covered by artists here, in Scotland, Australia and the US.

McNeill’s songwriting has been widely praised. New Zealand Musician called his songs "endearing” and "haunting”. His characters sway on the horizon, sometime after the moment of decision... rare perspectives and sweet melodies, like the farmer inheriting his father’s dogs in Southland Man’s Lament, or the shell-shocked divorcee escaping a forest fire in Jesusita.

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