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.