TUNES OF THE MONTH

Two tunes dedicated to a father and daughter.  The estate of Inchbrakie is near the town of Crieff, Perthshire. Abercairney estate is next door, so to speak.  Both Major Graham and James Moray were great supporters of Niel Gow and his music.  Inchbrakie House is no longer standing.

Patrick Forbes, our own left-handed fiddler

Patrick Forbes lived in Aberfeldy and was a much-loved regular at our music sessions in Dunkeld, as well as an active member of the local Strathspey & Reel Society and Mid-Atholl Strings.  He passed away in June 2019 at the age of 96. 

Brian Myers, the Manx Fiddler

Brian Myers lived in Ballasalla on the Isle of Man, but was originally from Carnoustie. Brian was a very keen fiddler (filk, jazz and classical), and he and his wife Kit were frequent visitors to Dunkeld. Sadly, he passed away in May 2019 aged 84.

Click on the wee dram below to watch a video of Pete playing "Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife" beneath Niel Gow's Oak on the banks of the River Tay near Dunkeld.

Click on the picture of Niel Gow Cottage below to watch a video of Pete rehearsing with Hazel Murch before their performance of "2nd Lieutenant Archibold Morrison, Royal Scots" on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2018.

The Dunkeld Bridge Collection, Vol. 1

Fiddle music from highland Perthshire

by Pete Clark, Edited by Jane Marx

[Published by Inver Music]

 

Extract from review in "Fiddler" magazine:

This is so much more than a music book – it’s a great read on many levels.  It’s an entertaining history of the people and the area via music, text, paintings, and photographs.  After reading it, you’ll feel as if you were treated to a whirlwind trip to highland Perthshire!

Mary Larsen

Fiddler Magazine