In March 1975, the Fife Strathspey and Reel Society was created from a group of about twenty players who answered an advertisement in the local press and got together in the Wayfarers Inn, Markinch.
It quickly became acknowledged as one of the top orchestras in Scotland, renowned for the unique quality of its sound.
It is extraordinary that even today the famous “Scottish Lift” is still apparent in the orchestra albeit that many players have come and gone.
In 1980 a group from the society won the prestigious Golden Fiddle award, as the best in Scotland, in a never to be forgotten evening at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. There was until recently, a remarkable core of original players who did not waver in their dedication to the society and to each other - these were the folk who maintained the standards.
A library of tunes and musical arrangements made by members such as Bill Grubb, Bobby Crease, and Jim Laing has been assembled over time. They perfected the playing at practices and performed at concerts all over Fife and in many parts of Scotland.
Jim is the only original member still playing today.