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Friday, 24 October 2014

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CD dream comes true for Cumbrian pensioner

It may have taken until the age of 72, but Donald Ridley has finally fulfilled his lifelong dream.

Donald Ridley photo
Donald Ridley

The accordion player has just recorded and released his first CD, featuring himself and two other musicians.

Donald, from Brampton, is a member of the Lyne Valley band and still plays gigs right across the region.

But he has long dreamed of recording his own album, and decided it was now or never. He travelled to Edinburgh to record the CD and has taken delivery of the finished article.

Donald, who also plays piano, said it was a personal project, rather than with the band: “I’ve played the accordion and piano since was a boy and the band has been on the go for about 50 years.

“The CD is just myself and a couple of other players.

“It’s really accordion, piano and there’s a fiddler on it too. Mainly Scottish music, Shetland music and some continental.”

Retired Donald, who was born and raised in Brampton, where he worked for his family’s building firm W Ridley & Sons, said he was delighted to finally hold the CD in his hand.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for years. I’m really pleased with it. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do another now,” he added.

The 20-track CD is available from him directly for £10 or £11.50 with postage. Call 016977 3990.

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