Provost’ s Tribute to David Bruce Lindsay Snr
David Bruce Lindsay (known as Bruce) has been involved in the local community for over 50 years. As a young man he played the piano at many local functions throughout the Leven and Windygates area. Later on in life he took up playing the accordion and played with many bands over the years both as an entertainer and a fund raiser. At this time he played for local amateur dramatic groups, old folks clubs, bowling clubs, Burns Clubs, Women’s Guilds and general fund raising for local halls and churches.
In 1987, his passion for traditional music and the accordion made him start the Button-Key Accordion and Fiddle Club based at the Greig Institute, Windygates. As key founder of the Club since its conception he is as passionate about the music as he was 28 years ago. Through the years Bruce and his committees have raised considerable sums of money for charities as well as providing unique entrainment to the local community.
Bruce has led the well-renowned “Shand Morino” day for 20 years where musicians and members of the public come from all over Scotland, Ireland and England to play and listen to the accordion as designed by his friend, the late, great Sir Jimmy Shand.
He was also heavily involved in leading the Accordion club to provide Scottish entertainment in Böblingen, Germany when Glenrothes visited its twin town. The Club has visited Germany twice and on his last visit he was made an honorary member of Dagersheim Harmonica Club for appreciation of his exceptional leadership, friendship and music he has provided over the years. Bruce has also been an excellent host providing true Scottish hospitality to the Harmonica Club when they visited Fife on three separate occasions.
In 2001, he started a group called the Buttons & Bows to encourage players to come along and learn to play the left hand of the accordion. It started with about 5 or 6 players but soon expanded until now he regularly has 30 – 40 accordion players, singers, drummers and mouth organ players each week who meet at Windygates where the ages range from 12 to 86.
Bruce as leader of the Button & Bows has given up his own time to entertain many, many groups over the years and helped groups to raise money for their own well- deserved and much needed local funds. The groups have included ENABLE St Andrews, Leng Home, Newport on Tay; Ladywalk Care Home, Anstruther; Leven Beach Care Home; Glenrothes Hospital and Gibson Home, St. Andrews to name a few. Entertainments at churches, fetes and highland games include Star of Markinch, Ceres, Anstruther, Dunfermline, Cupar, Springfield, Ladybank, Kingskettle, Scoonie, Buckhaven and many more.
He has led the group on a very successful visit to Kilkenny, Ireland and each year they travel to Fort William to play and raise money for a local hall.
Bruce’s love of music has led him to be a patient, enthusiastic, encouraging and infectious leader with an extremely warm and friendly personality. He will happily spend his time helping others to learn the accordion or “fixing or repairing” instruments in need of attention. He is a modest man and a great story teller who is as happy helping an 80 year old man learn the accordion as he was playing on one occasion with Sir Jimmy Shand at the Usher Hall.
This honour is very well deserved. WELL DONE BRUCE.