The 15th Annual Niel Gow Festival

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.

If you weren't here, this is some of what you missed ....

a solo fiddle concert at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel, featuring Hannah Fisher, Roo Geddes, Charlie Walden and Pete Clark.

a Saturday morning recital in the church of Little Dunkeld, featuring Pete Clark and Alastair Savage

a concert featuring pupils from Strathallan School, Ardvreck School and the Junior School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

a concert on Saturday afternoon featuring Hannah Fisher with Sorren Maclean (guitar), Alastair Savage with Euan Drysdale (guitar/keyboards), Archie McAllister with Sileas Sinclair (accordion & keyboards), and Roo Geddes accompanied by Neil Sutcliffe (accordion).

a concert featuring Paul Anderson with Malcolm Jones (guitar), plus youthful and energetic "Routes Quartet" led by Tricia Mullan.

a showing of "The Groove is not Trivial", a biographical film documentary about Alasdair Fraser and his fiddle philosophy.

a concert with Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society, Charlie Walden & Pat Plunkett, Plockton Music School and Patsy Reid .... and much more!

All in this bonnie corner of highland Perthshire which inspired Niel Gow almost three centuries ago.  Don't miss next year!!


15th-17th MARCH 2019

The ultimate goal of the Festival is to create a conspicuous memorial to Niel Gow in Dunkeld, situated in a prominent position for all to see!

Archie McAllister at the NGF 2017
The Fair Maid sculpture in Perth - maybe something along these lines in Dunkeld, but featuring Niel Gow??
Roddy Matthews at the NGF 2017
Niel Gow portrait by Sir Henry Raeburn


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.)

Mysterious new plaque on Niel Gow's cottage wall!
Niel Gow's fiddle at Blair Castle