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The Niel Gow Festival 2018

The 15th Niel Gow festival will be held in the beautiful and historic Perthshire village of Dunkeld & Birnam, home of Niel Gow.

16th to 18th March, 2018 - put these dates in your diary now!


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The Niel Gow festival committee are please to announce that the following wonderful musicians will be performing at the 2018 Festival from 16th to 18th March in the beautiful and historic Perthshire village of Dunkeld & Birnam:

Paul Anderson
Pete Clark
Hannah Fisher
Sorren MacLean
Roo Geddes
Neil Sutcliffe
Alastair Savage
Euan Drysdale
Archie McAllister
The Routes Quartet (Tricia Mullan, Grainne Brady, Emma Tomlinson & Rufus Huggan)
Dunkeld & Dist. Strathspey & Reel Society
Patsy Reid & Alistair Paterson
Strathallan School
Ardvreck School
Junior School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
James Ford
Karys Watt
David MacFarlane

Plus Special Guests


........programme to follow

..........tickets will be available from Birnam Arts from 5th February, 2018



Alastair Savage is originally from Ayrshire and has performed traditional and classical music throughout his life. He won both the Ayrshire and National sections of the ‘Land O’ Burns’ Scots fiddle competition in his youth and followed this with classical training at the R.S.A.M.D (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and at the Royal Academy of music in London. As a traditional fiddle player he has broadcast as soloist on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 3 and on U.S.A. National Radio. He has been a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the past 20 years with whom he has performed throughout the world. Alongside this he has recorded 4 solo traditional albums featuring classic Scots fiddle melodies alongside his own compositions. Joining him on guitar/piano is Euan Drysdale, originally from Bathgate. He has co-arranged much of the repertoire on Alastair’s fiddle albums and has an established background in music education being head of performing arts at Chryston High School near Glasgow. Euan's early musical life was as a trumpet player, studying at the R.S.A.M.D and has subsequently performed in a variety of line ups as a composer and arranger in the world of rock and blues music.




Multi-instrumentalist Dave J Ford has been fronting Funkeilidh for over 10 years. Yet he rarely finds himself playing the tune, always drawn to the more subtle lines which add spice to the band sound.

Harmony Workshop: This workshop aims to make musicians more confident at harmonising, particularly at a session. Harmony not only adds colour & texture to the tune, but allows you play along with tunes you're yet to learn. Harmony lines are often far easier to play than the tune itself. Bring any instrument to this mixed instrument class although the main focus will be on tune playing instruments like fiddle, whistle.



Roo Geddes has lived with a eclectic spectrum of music all his life. He currently studies Classical violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but is experienced across a varied spectrum of musical genres and styles. Roo performs with a multitude of ensembles, spanning Gypsy Jazz to Americana and has studied Scottish music with Lauren MacColl, Adam Sutherland, Lynsey Tait and many others. The music of the Gow family continues to be a rich source of inspiration for him and in March 2017 he won second place in the Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Awards. Roo first visited the Neil Gow festival when he was eleven years old and is honoured and excited to be involved in this year’s events.


Neil Sutcliffe comes from a broad musical background, being exposed to everything from Scottish ballads to boogie-woogie from a young age. He is originally from Stirling, and picked up the accordion from his dad and fiddle from his mum: family has been at the core of his experience of Scottish traditional music, continuing to influence and inspire him. Neil is currently studying classical accordion at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, but remains active in the traditional music scene. He has taught accordion in several community workshops, and for Feis Fhoirt. He has been performing with Roo Geddes for several years, and accompanied him at the Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Awards in 2017. Neil is looking forward to taking part in the Niel Gow Festival for the first time this year.



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