Westhill’s last waltz

There was a sense of excited anticipation in the large audience waiting for a charity concert to begin in Westhill’s Ashdale Hall on Friday December 30.

They were there to hear the sounds produced by the return of some of the many talented musicians Westhill had produced, and had been prominent in the North-east and throughout Scotland, in the 90s and early noughties.

Organiser Jason Roupun’s original idea of a charity concert with Westhill bands, was influenced by the Martin Scorsese film of Bob Dylan’s original backing band, The Band, in their final farewell concert The Last Waltz.

The night started with two acoustics acts, first Graham Pattison and then Charlie Love (formerly of The Dreaming).

Following the introduction of the five bands by Ellie Rothnie, Development Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, first on stage was Amy Sawers.

This was the band’s first appearance in Westhill for some time and the four song onslaught could possibly be on her forthcoming new album.

This was successfully followed by bands Elevation, Stuka and Phonefreak. All of the bands songs from their punchy, upbeat set lists hadn’t been heard in Aberdeenshire for some years, but they got the audience, containing the full spectrum of ages, reminiscing and singing along to the rhythmic riffs and explosive drums.

The culmination of the night was six piece band Inertia.

The band reformed especially for this concert after 16 years and they came back with a bang.

The four songs were backed by a big tight sound and the confident performance was majestic and crowd pleasing and a fitting finale to the whole evening.

Over £1000 was raised for Multiple Sclerosis Society UK and the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, Edinburgh.

These funds were supplemented by a generous donation from local Westhill pub Key West who was in charge of the bar for the evening.