fiddle and harpa

The Greenbank Buskers played a wee gig today in St Mary’s Kirk, Haddington, as part of their summer concert series. We normally play for dancing at ceilidhs (for charity), but today had been asked to do a performance – so our bandleader Hazel had finally got me to play the nyckelharpa (I don’t really do reels on it yet). We formed a trio from the band – Fiona on fiddle, Tom on guitar and self on nyckelharpa, and gave them three Swedish tunes. It meant that I had both fiddle and nyckelharpa there; the nyckelharpa seemed to go down well with the audience.

St Mary's
The spectacular nave of St Mary’s kirk.

It was a beautiful sunny day, not the day to be indoors, so the audience wasn’t huge, but there were quite a few to hear some of our dance sets, some of Tom’s singing, and the trio. Great fun to play as always, and a fabulous venue to play in with wonderful acoustics. It’s apparently the largest parish church building in Scotland.