14 February 2017

The Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Awards 2017

Fiddle - "F" hole, bridge and strings

Niel Gow is arguably the father of Scottish fiddle music.

The first Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Awards will take place at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, on Sunday, 26 March 2017 from 10am until 5pm.

As a worthy successor to the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship, for the first time, the occasion will also feature a junior competition.

The junior competition is open to young people aged 15 and under. The requirement is to play a Slow Air, March, Strathspey and Reel.

The afternoon session from 2pm until 5pm (including an interval) features the senior competition. The requirements are rather more demanding for the seniors. They must each play 3 selections:

  • Slow Air, March, Strathspey and Reel.
  • Slow Strathspey, Hornpipe and Jig.
  • Own choice.

The event is open to the public.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Both junior and senior competitions will each feature 8 finalists who will have been selected “blind” by the panel of judges.

The SFO is proud that 3 of its members are part of the organising committee: SFO President, Bill Cook; Campbell Smith; and Douglas Smith. Other members of the committee include well-known fiddlers Paul Anderson, Patsy Reid and Charlie McKerron.

The SFO fully supports the aims of the competition and has made a donation to help with the cost of the junior competition.

Why not go along and enjoy a fantastic day of fiddle music?

What’s more, it’s all taking place in historic, Niel Gow-associated surroundings.

Alternatively – or in addition – why not give the competition’s Facebook page a like?

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