Carpe diem!!  (Seize the carp!!)

"Nae fabled wizard's wand I trow

Had e'er the magic airt o' Gow,

When, wi' a wave, he draws his bow

Across his wondrous fiddle!"

The above verse comes from a very fine poem, "To Mr Gow, Visiting Dumfries." ("The Songs & Poems of Robert Burns" James Barke edition, pub. 1955).  It is open to debate as to whether or not it was written by Burns.  But I like it!  Hear the full version on the album "Niel Gow's Fiddle".

(Robert Burns was born in Alloway, near Ayr, on the 25th January, 1759.)

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Pete's fiddle, by Michael Johnson of Penrith, Cumbria. (photo: Steve Niblock.)
Pete's fiddle, by Joseph Ian Ross of Pitlochry, Perthshire.
"Niel Gow's Cottage" by Pete Clark