Leonard Brown sells out at Rothbury

Leonard Brown and  Maggie Adamson
Leonard Brown and Maggie Adamson

Leonard Brown and his Band, Rothbury Jubilee Hall, Friday, August 15.

Rothbury’s Jubilee Hall was the venue for an amazing sell-out concert featuring the young South Shields accordion legend Leonard Brown and his Band.

Hexham comedian Eddie Millican acted as compere and excellent guest spots were performed by singer Ally Rea, plus fiddle virtuoso and singer Tom McConville, the ‘Newcastle fiddler’.

Leonard, still in his early 20s, plays accordion and piano. A former Scottish accordion champion, he’s a regular at music events across Northumberland and throughout the UK.

The Rothbury concert was organised in conjunction with village resident and local musician Anne Browne, to promote the launch of Leonard’s new CD with the band titled On The Move.

In addition to Leonard, the band included a further five talented musicians from across Scotland – from Shetland to Kirriemuir – playing accordion, keyboard, drums and double bass.

Leonard took the lead on a wide range of tunes and styles from Scottish to German, Italian, French, country music, singalong medleys and much more, with the addition of frequent jokes and humorous recitations.

Great variety from such a young musician.

Band member Maggie Adamson, a Shetland fiddle player, provided changes of mood by taking the lead on several numbers, including The Four String Polka and that great slow air, Leaving Lerwick Harbour.

The final number was the band’s version of Orange Blossom Special.

The event drew a capacity crowd of over 200, including visitors not only from Rothbury area, but from across the North East, as far afield as North Yorkshire.

All were treated to a most excellent supper, organised by Anne Brown and helpers including Leonard’s mum, a double helping of Mrs Brown!

In addition to the band, Leonard performs in various duos and trios. He is a member of the well-known Tyneside group The Happy Cats, who play a charity gig in Powburn on August 30 at The Breamish Hall in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Tickets for the next event can be bought by contacting 07901 860613.

TONY KELL