It’s that time of year again …
The nyckelharpa had a bit of an outing over the last two days in the session at the Scots Fiddle Festival. I didn’t see any others there! A few Swedish tunes were played, and I even got the session to join in with a couple of them! Mostly fiddle though – I can’t yet play reels up to speed on the nyckelharpa, and never expect to be able to do so! All great fun – lots of tunes.
Another superb concert at the Scots Fiddle Festival. The youngsters in the Outreach Project were fantastic, well done Eilidh and all the others involved in making this work. Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson gave us a fantastic selection of tunes on clarsach, and The Wrigley Sisters were brilliant.
Last Wednesday Jean Cameron (who I had met at Halsway) and I were at the Fèis Rois session at the Tulloch Caste hotel in Dingwall – we gave about 20 other traditional musicians a rendering of the polska “1814”. Our claim for the most northerly nyckelharpa session in the UK! We met up again on Saturday for more tunes – many thanks to Jean and Donald for their hospitality.
The “Microwave Band” entertaining guests at the dinner for the 2015 GMRT. Ian White GM3SEK on melodeon, Nadine White MM0WNW on autoharp, John Cooke GM8OTI on nyckelharpa and Chris Bartram GW4DGU on fiddle.
The case for my nyckelharpa is (nearly) finished. There is even room for strings in the box at top left!