Neil Gow Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival takes place this weekend 21 – 23 March in Dunkeld & Birnam in Perthshire. The festival celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year. Set up to celebrate the life and music of Perthshire’s fiddle legend Neil Gow (22nd March 1727-1807) ‘ father of strathspey and reel players’ who’s tunes are as popular today as they were when composed. Many a Burns song was drawn and composed to one of his tunes. Festival venues are at :The Taybank ; Murthy Chapel ; Birnam Institute ;The Royal Dunkeld Hotel .
The festival kicked off last night (Friday) with a fantastic concert with Robyn Gray (Ayrshire), Charlie Stewart (Glenfarg), Brendan Hendry(Ireland), Jimmy Johannsen and Tuva Modeer (Sweden) to today’s Recital/Open Stage and concerts which lets you listen to the cream of fiddle music. As well as the renowned workshops with tutors such as Jimmy and Tuva / Eilidh Shaw /Daniel Thorpe / Alistair Savage George Futter Rua MacMillan , Wendy Weatherby , Ross Martin/ , Ron Shaw , Ewan Drysdale , Jim Thornton & Suzanne Houston
As a taster of some of the music you could hear at this wonderful festival, I bring you some performances by Suzanne Houston, Rua Macmillan and Adam Brown; Hanna Fisher and Jennifer Austin; Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin; Maurice Duncan and Maureen Rutherford.
Thanks for listening and have a brilliant festival season!
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