Scots Fiddle Festival 2014

I have the pleasure of speaking at the Scots Fiddle Festival which is taking place in Edinburgh this weekend (21-23 November 2014). I’m giving a talk on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm in the Summerhall Anatomy Lecture Theatre entitled, ‘Niel Gow’s Legacy: Re-Evaluating the History of Scottish Fiddle Music,’ in which I’ll be discussing the route Niel’s music has taken from his time in the eighteenth century to ours in the twenty-first. Many of the topics up for discussion have featured previously in blog posts, including fiddle competitions, the ‘invention’ of a Scottish fiddle tradition, and issues surrounding regional and national traditions, but this promises to offer a new perspective on all of them!

I prepared a short video to advertise the event, featuring two tunes dedicated to the memory of Niel by Simon Fraser.

I hope to see you on Sunday at the talk! It’s a really great festival, including performances and workshops in addition to talks. More info can be found at the festival website here.

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6 thoughts on “Scots Fiddle Festival 2014

  1. Margo Macdonald says:

    Hi Ronnie- I have read some of your articles about Scottish violin/fiddle music and I specifically read with interest about competitions that took place in the 19th century. I live in Canada but possess a gold medal won for Strathspeys and Reels by my great grandfather in 1894. Unfortunately I have been unable to find out much information about it. It states only that it was awarded to my great grandfather Robert Charles Granger at the Violin Championship of Scotland in 1894. He resided in Glasgow but I understand the championships were held at various locations. My great grandfather died at a young age and I haven’t ever seen a picture of him. Unfortunately I still haven’t visited your wonderful country of my ancestors. Any information you might have or resources I should contact to learn more about the medal and of course my relative would be helpful. If you would like I can send you a picture of the medal.
    Many thanks Ronnie.
    Margo Granger Macdonald.

    • rmgibson says:

      Hi Margo,
      Thanks for your comment. The only record I have of a competition in 1894 took place in Forres, but it would appear to have been a local affair. The name of your great grandfather does not feature among the list of competitors, at any rate. My survey of Scottish violin competitions was limited to a single newspaper archive, so there are inevitable omissions. However, it is a topic I intend to return to, so watch this space. I would be most interested to see a picture of the medal, if you would be so kind as to send one. I’m only sorry not to have been of more help. Best, R

      • Margo Macdonald says:

        Hi Ronnie- Happy New Year! Thanks for your reply. Here are pictures of the medal. Best Wishes, Margo.

        Sent from my iPhone

      • Margo Macdonald says:

        Hi Ronnie- Margo from Victoria BC here again. I have tried to send to your blog photos of my great grandfather’s medal for playing the violin but I have been unsuccessful. Would you send me a personal email address if you’d still like to see it to facilitate this? Also a funny coincidence. I was just looking through some old photos and came across a photo of my great grandmother who remarried in Glasgow some time after the untimely death of her first husband Robert ( the medal winner) she is pictured with her second husband Thomas Gibson. Any chance you could be related to him? I can send along this photo too if you’d like. By the way I had the pleasure of hearing Alasdair Fraser play some strathspeys and reels accompanied by Natalie Haas recently here in Victoria-it was wonderful! Hope to hear back from you soon Ronnie. Best Wishes, Margo Macdonald.

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