Jennifer Wrigley at NGF 2017


was a weekend of superb musicianship, great craic and, although the weather on Friday and Saturday was a bit dreich, the sun was shining for the Niel Gow walk on Sunday (when 55 people + 6 dogs strolled along the banks of the Tay and the Braan for soup and a dram in Niel Gow's garden!  Thanks again to Jim & Linda.)


Performers included Archie McAllister, Sileas Sinclair, Alistair McCulloch, Sean Gray, Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley, Ron Shaw, Caoimhin MacAoidh, Roddy Matthews, Jemma Donald,  Muriel Johnstone, Karys Watt, David MacFarlane, Liam Manion and more ....





16th-18th March, 2018


in Dunkeld & Birnam

Archie McAllister at NGF 2017

The annual Niel Gow Festival is a celebration in music of the life of local hero Niel Gow (1727-1807), regarded by many as the patriarch of the Scottish fiddle tradition.  With concerts, workshops, informal sessions and guided walks, it attracts visitors from all over the world.

The first performance is a special Friday afternoon show for the pupils of the Royal School of Dunkeld.

Friday evening is a solo fiddle concert at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel.

Most of the weekend performers also give masterclasses.  (And not just fiddle.  Other instrumental workshops this year included accordion, guitar, keyboard, plus a couple of sessions on groupwork.) 

A Saturday morning recital by Pete Clark and Ron Shaw (‘cello) always proves popular.  This year the setting was the lovely wee church of Little Dunkeld.

The main concert venue is the Birnam Institute. This year - as is the case every year - a diversity of fiddle styles was on display.

The guided walks give visitors an insight into this bonnie corner of highland Perthshire which inspired Niel Gow almost three centuries ago.  (The Sunday walkers enjoy soup and rolls - and a wee dram! - in Niel Gow's garden, generously provided by currrent owners Jim and Linda Lyon.)


16th-18th MARCH 2018

Niel Gow portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn
Mysterious new plaque on Niel Gow's cottage wall!

The Niel Gow Festival was established in 2004 to celebrate the life and music of Niel Gow (1727 - 1807) who lived in the wee village of Inver, just across the river from Dunkeld.  A weekend of concerts, classes and sessions in the early springtime (Niel Gow was born on the 22nd March 1727), it is a grand excuse to visit highland Perthshire!  Festival details at

Niel Gow's fiddle at Blair Castle