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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Original watercolour of Cathedral Street in Dunkeld, by local artist Clare Fernie. You can bid for this AND for the watercolour below at the Niel Gow Festival!
"Niel Gow's Cottage" by Pete Clark
Pete's fiddle, by Michael Johnson of Penrith, Cumbria. (photo: Steve Niblock.)
Pete's fiddle, by Joseph Ian Ross of Pitlochry, Perthshire.