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Kenny and Barbara Matheson from Blythswood Care are presented with two blankets knitted by Brownies. The blankets were to be sent to a children’s cancer hospital in Romania.

Days gone by – 1995


Iain McLachlan signed the tape.

NOSTALGIA is a feeling I find deeply enjoyable. And when I was at home last week, coming across the very first music recording that I owned, I was immersed in that warm emotion.

My mum had been rooting through the attic looking for books and toys suitable for my new nephew, Eachann, and, in her foraging, she uncovered a box of music tapes and some Allan Campbell MacLean novels. Contained in the box was Hebridean Accordion, by Iain McLachlan. To this day, the late Iain McLachlan of Benbecula is my favourite accordionist and Hebridean Accordion my favourite recording.

I had taken this tape with me wherever I was living over the years, but somehow in the moves and the brochan of life, recently I had lost track of where it was.

What joy and relief to be unexpectedly reunited with it. The sentimental value of it is strong for many reasons, not least because it was signed by the musical genius.

I received this tape nearly 30 years ago, in October 1987, around the same time as I started my accordion lessons with Gordon Connell.

My father had bought a fishing boat in County Clare, in the west of Ireland, and on his way home with her after being in Oban getting work done at Currie’s Boat Yard, he had stopped off in Tobermory. Playing in the Mishnish Hotel that night was Iain McLachlan and, as I had just started learning to play the box, dad bought this tape for me.

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