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Superb concert performance by Leonard Brown (Review)

Superb concert performance by Leonard Brown including his new Scandalli Accordion from ScotlandAccordions

An afternoon concert was held in The Salutation Hotel, Perth, by Leonard Brown and his Band to release their new album, Requested By You. An audience of 200+ were there to hear the band playing many requests that they had received from all over the country during the last 12 months. The compere for the afternoon, veteran radio broadcaster Ian Lees, was in great voice as he talked us through the requests and their dedications.

Leonard Brown with his band and his Scandalli accordion
Leonard Brown with his band and his Scandalli accordion

The band comprising of Leonard on lead accordion, Maggie Adamson on fiddle, Davie Stewart on harmony accordion, Liam Stewart on piano, John Sinton on double bass and Malcolm Ross on drums gave us a truly tremendous afternoon of music and entertainment with Leonard showcasing his brand new accordion.

Leonard chose the Scandalli Air II accordion which is a four voice double cassotto accordion, 96 bass in a 72 casing. It also has a bass midi system manufactured and fitted by ScotlandAccordions.

Leonard commented “I had been looking for a smaller accordion that would benefit me on any trips abroad, lightweight, yet still capable of producing the sound of a much larger instrument. The Scandalli ticked these boxes and this instrument is now a permanent feature when I play with the band ‘The Happy Cats’, based in the North East of England.”

If you missed the event at The Salutation Hotel, there are plenty more to attend and these can be found on Leonard’s website where you can also purchase the new album, ‘Requested By You’.

Highlights include

  • Iain MacPhail Reels
  • The Craic at Clashmore Hall, Kiwi Pipers
  • The Rose
  • Kate Martins Waltz
  • Canadian Jigs
  • Draggin the Bow
  • The Blue Danube Waltz

Leonard has many achievements to his name to date, in 2012, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Music at Newcastle University and in the same year became only the second Englishman to win the “All Scotland Senior Traditional Accordion Championship” also held in The Salutation Hotel, Perth.

Our thanks to ScotlandAccordions for this report.