Cromar Folk Club welcomes accordionist Craig Paton on Friday ( August 31).
He took up the accordion aged nine when he was taught by Ian Anderson at Wilkies School of Music in Perth. A year later he won two first positions for Classical and Pipe Music at the NAAFC Musselburgh Festival.
Craig, who also plays piano, bass and drums, has been winning competitions around the country, now playing at 1st Diploma level. He has played on TV and radio and has represented the World Burns Federation at the Scottish Parliament.
Craig was one of seven finalists chosen from 15000 children who took part in the World Burns Federation Schools Competitions to attend and perform at the official launch of the Royal Mint Burns Coin and the Royal Mail Burns Stamp Collection in 2009. During his visit he was invited to No. 10 Downing Street where he met Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
The Cromar Folk Club meets on the last Friday of every month at 8pm in The Aberdeen Arms in Tarland. Entry is £5 on the door and all singers, musicians and listeners are very welcome.