Festival organiser Carol Anderson arranged for Hall to meet one of the fiddlers near his home in the Scottish Borders yesterday (Thursday), so they could compare notes about their respective rallies. He took the Halltune Garage/Sporting Pig Sports Bar and Restaurant Ford Puma with him, while award-winning musician Jeana Leslie from Orkney arrived with her fiddle.
Anderson said: “While we’re not too sure about Kenny’s ability on the fiddle, the rally car really got Jeana going. She’s already pals with Allan Mackay, another of your regulars from north of the border, so I can see some serious partying in the Gap, once everyone is reunited in the island.”
Leslie even got to become a Fiddler on the Roof (of the rally car), which Hall has just finished preparing ready to ship across the Atlantic at the end of the month. Having missed the event only once since 2002, he said: “I’m lucky my birthday falls at Rally Barbados time every year, and I’m looking forward to the trip. The last time the Celtic Festival was on at the same time, we had a great craic and I’m sure we will do again.”
The Celtic Festival (www.barbadoscelticfestival.com
) will also give Hall and Mackay, plus the event and the island, some additional media exposure, as STV (Scottish Television) is sending a crew to the island to cover the event.
Sol Rally Barbados is a tarmac rally, with around 22 special stages run on the island’s intricate network of public roads, under road closure orders granted by the Ministry of Transport & Works; Sol RB16 and the previous Sunday’s King of the Hill ‘shakedown’ event, are organised and promoted by the Barbados Rally Club, which will celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2017. Sol RB16 marks the ninth year of title sponsorship by the Sol Group, the Caribbean’s largest independent oil company.
Barbados Rally Club - http://www.rallybarbados.bb/