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Celebrations at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Last weekend we were up in Pitlochry to play for a wedding in the spectacular setting of the Atholl Palace Hotel. This imposing building, perched on top of the hill overlooking the town of Pitlochry and first opened in 1878 as a Hydropathic establishment. It was later converted into a luxury hotel, and even house two schools during the second world war.

The large function suite is a more recent addition, but connected directly onto the main hotel building and has a vast ballroom with dance floor and a stage for the band.

Always a very slick and well-run wedding venue, we kicked off the night with a first waltz before getting everybody up for the ceilidh dancing.

The crowd had a lot of energy and the ceilidh dancing went down very well. We ended the night with an hour of disco and then Auld Lang Syne in traditional style to finish off the celebrations.

Here's a snippet of video from Strip the Willow on the night.

The night before, our Accordionist Paul and Fiddler Michael, were giving a concert in the village of Bowden in the Scottish Borders. Their duo Chamberlain & Haywood was formed five years ago and they play a wide range of world music with virtuosic energy. Michael also plays saxophone, whistle and clarinet and they explore the potential of their instruments in a way that is exciting and engaging, to blend their own unique brand of fusion music.

A packed village hall enjoyed music from France, Argentina, Russia, Finland, Italy, Scotland, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. Paul and Michael will also be performing this coming Sunday 25th of August at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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