The 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.  And all in the beautiful landscape of highland Perthshire which inspired Niel Gow almost three centuries ago.

Click on the poster below to watch a wee film of the 2018 festival!!

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!

 

Don't miss next year!!

THE 16th ANNUAL NIEL GOW FESTIVAL

15th-17th MARCH 2019

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

Last year, THE 14th NIEL GOW FESTIVAL

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