Scottish accordion and fiddle music

26 August, 2016

Scottish country music is music for dancing, toe tapping and craic

Scotland is a grand country for music, especially Scottish country music, which usually involves accordions, fiddles and sometimes drums.  Unlike Scotland’s other famous musical genre, pipe music, Scottish accordion and fiddle music is music for indoors: music for dancing or sitting with your toes tapping as you admire the players’ skill. 

You can do exactly that right here every second Tuesday of the month, when the local Accordion and Fiddle Club meets at The Red House.  If you can’t wait ‘til next month, there are lots of other venues in the area where you can enjoy it, and a few great weekend festivals that are worth making a special journey for.

Forfar’s Box and Fiddle Club meets on the last Sunday of every month to listen and play, and there’s a May Day ceilidh in the town every May.  A little further from Coupar Angus, Arbroath hosts the Angus Accordion and Fiddle Festival over a three-day weekend in July.

Probably the best known festival is the one named after Neil Gow, held in Dunkeld and Birnam every March.  Neil Gow was a Perthshire fiddling legend back in the 18th century – possibly the most famous fiddler Scotland produced until Ali Bain and Nicola Benedetti. 

The Neil Gow festival runs for three nights and is very informal.  If you’re a fiddler yourself you’ll be able to join in at various gigs around the twin towns of Dunkeld and Birnam.  If you’re not, sit back and enjoy the music and the craic. 

The Solas Festival in Perth is not just about Scottish accordion and fiddle music – or indeed any music: it covers film and performing arts as well.  It happens in June, again for three days.  It’s a wide-ranging event that attracts an equally wide-ranging audience.

Guildtown used to host a bluegrass festival, but 2016 saw that changing to a folk festival with a great range of bands and other performers over two days.  The venues are the village hall and the Anglers Inn, which makes for a friendly, cosy atmosphere.

October sees the Perthshire Accordion and Fiddle Festival, a one-day event that includes the official Scottish Accordion Championships, fiddle competitions and other events.  Rather more serious than most of the festivals listed above, this event showcases some very fine Scottish talent.

In November, Dunkeld is back in the limelight (it’s a great place for folk gigs most of the year, come to that).  The Perthshire Amber festival takes place in and around Dunkeld over four days, and you’ll hear everything from contemporary song to folk, roots and tradition.  There’s also the chance to see something of the local countryside, if you’re feeling energetic, with guided walks, horse treks and similar adventurous pursuits.

If you like country music of the American variety, you can hear that too right here at the Red House, where Coupar Angus Country and Western Music Club meets regularly.  There’s also a 4-day Southern Fried Festival in Perth every July, covering blues, country, Cajun, gospel, swing and soul, so you can get your fill of whatever takes your fancy.

Whatever type of music gets your toes tapping, there’s plenty of it in and around The Red House.  If Scottish accordion and fiddle music is your thing then Perthshire’s the place to be and The Red House is the place to stay, so give us a call today.

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