One of my favourite jigs by Robert Mackintosh.

(The word "reel" in the title refers to the dance as opposed to the tune.)  Born in 1745 Tulliemet, Perthshire, his inspiration came from Niel Gow.  Mackintosh had a successful musical career in Edinburgh and was mentor to Nathaniel Gow when he first ventured to the city.

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 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 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 Dunkeld Cathedral 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

[Inver Music; available from musicinscotland.com]


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