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 the poem, "To Mr Gow, Visiting Dumfries" (From "The Songs & Poems of Robert Burns", James Barke edition, published in 1955).  Listen to the complete poem on the album "Niel Gow's Fiddle" (Track 1).

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Niel Gow all dressed up to celebrate Perth's football team, St Johnstone, who won the Scottish Cup, their second major trophy of the season!
Fiddle by Michael Johnson of Penrith, Cumbria. Photo: Steve Niblock.
Fiddle by Joseph Ian Ross of Pitlochry, Perthshire.