Dunkeld Bridge Fiddle Weeks

Improve your fiddling in the land of Niel Gow!


at the Birnam Institute, Birnam, Dunkeld

Limited to 12 students on a first come first served basis.


SUMMER 2017 (July 3-7) SPACES


AUTUMN 2017 (Sept. 4-8) FULLY BOOKED


If interested, leave a message on my visitors' page!

Worth coming?  See the students' comments below!

Gordon Gunn drops in on the September Fiddle Week class
A small but select group of fiddlers at short fiddle course in July

Feedback from Fiddle Week participants:

Quality throughout! / the course was just right - developing musicianship rather than learning tunes, tunes, tunes / Superb and inspiring / The excursions were fantastic / Super-friendly atmosphere / Highlights? Too many to list! / Good size of group / Love the history aspects of Pertshire fiddling / Relaxed environment / Lots of thanks for the best ever weeks tuition / Was a lot more than just a fiddle week! / Loved the outings, as they very much put the music in context / Will highly recommend this week to other back home / It's been an outstanding week! / Loved the whole week!  Going home for a rest! - Great - always something for every level of experience / goes by too quickly /  It’s hard to say what was the highlight – there were so many! / Just what I was looking for! /I really enjoyed the relaxed, informal nature of Fiddle Week days / I wouldn’t want it to change / this has been an incredibly rich experience! / The evening sessions were wonderful! / The week was all I had hoped for / I thought it was perfect / the atmosphere was brilliant! / It’s been a fantastic week! / Dunkeld is a very welcoming place for musicians / Every day was filled with highlights / A very well-balanced course / Absolutely wonderful week, learned so much / Best yet / … meeting lovely people / It was a fantastic week / I learned a huge amount / Dunkeld is an amazing place!

Fiddlers at Inver (Niel Gow's 'phone box!)

The Course:

Aimed at players of intermediate / advanced ability levels, the class size is 12 students max.  

Begins at 10am on the Monday and end Friday lunchtime.  Each day there are 4x1hour classes (except on Friday, when classes end at 1pm).

Evening events include: a session with the Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society; a Curry Night at the Darjeeling Indian Restaurant; an evening recital; a class & session at the Taybank featuring special guest tutor


(Watercolour painting and fly fishing for brown trout are other possibilities!!)



The Taybank, Dunkeld (black-headed gull and roadworks temporary!)

During the week, aspects of technique, style and performance are addressed via a comprehensive range of repertoire.  Students are encouraged to work without sheet music in the first instance, BUT every student is given a course book containing "dots" for the tunes covered during the course.

Students are invited to suggest in advance areas of technique or repertoire on which they would like to focus.

After-lunch excursions provide visitors with opportunities to see something of Dunkeld, its surroundings and its wildlife.



Places to stay during Fiddle Week include:


The Merryburn Hotel

The Birnam Hotel

The Royal Dunkeld Hotel

The Atholl Arms

The Pend Guest House

Deals may be available for Fiddle Week participants, so please do ask when you contact the hotel!

Photos from fiddle week ....