Sydney Scottish Fiddlers

Sydney Scottish Fiddlers

last updated 2nd January, 2018

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Link to The 2018 National Festival Fiddle Rally Music

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Start to the Final Concert at the National, 2017. Photo courtesy of Adam Purcell.

Well done to all those who participated in the final concert and the 3 rehearsals at the 2018 National Folk Festival
We understand all those who participated in the rehearsals are not able to join in the concert but it was all worthwhile with a really enjoyable final gig (photo above). Thanks everyone!

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Photos courtesy of Adam Purcell.

The SSF now meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at various venues around Sydney
Please contact James Gastineau-Hills on 0403 809 531 for details or search for the next meeting on looking for "fiddle" in "Sydney, AU".


To provide a venue for the dissemination and teaching of dance tunes in the aural tradition, and to foster the many fiddling techniques of Scottish origin through a variety of workshops

To develop a basic repertoire of dance tunes that can be competently played for social gatherings, concerts, dances and demonstrations

To create a repertoire of traditional and contemporary tunes and airs as well as popular Scottish melodies


The Sydney Scottish Fiddlers was formed in mid 1997. The Canberra National Folk Festival, in March '97, provided the impetus for a group of Sydney fiddlers of varying abilities to get together to practise tunes. Up to March 2014 the group was led by Trish Barker and based loosely on a number of other fiddle groups like the Los Angeles Fiddlers and the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club. The latter group, led by Judy Turner, often plays at the National Festival in Canberra as do the Sydney Scottish Fiddlers. A number of other fiddlers who had previously attended Valley of the Moon 1996 (Trish Barker, Chris Duncan, Matthew Robertson and Bob McIness) joined the MSF in their concerts at the National. In addition a number of Sydney based fiddlers attended Chris Duncan's workshop on techniques.

After deciding that there was sufficient interest in Sydney for a regular group a few initial meetings were held to set an agenda. The group met twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Sunday in the Hall of the New Church, Roseville. With Trish moving to Brisbane the group now meets monthly and those interested should contact James Gastineau-Hills on 0403 809 531 for details or check for fiddle in Sydney, AU. It plays regularly for dance demonstrations and sessions in concerts and at other venues such as folk clubs.

This site continues to provide a point of reference for members and others interested in Traditional Scottish Music. In addition this site has been designed to provide a focus for Australian users looking for links to other sites of interest in traditional Scottish music and dance. Additional features are a resource guide to indicate sheet music, books and CD's generally available and eventually an index to common tunes and sources.

Both the events and SSF page should be checked for new dates or changes to programmes, these pages are kept up-to-date as often as possible.

Links contained herein are not all encompassing and feedback from users is welcomed by direct E-mail particularly on sites not mentioned here. Please note that all Email addresses mentioned on this site need to be modified before use, what needs to be done is fairly obvious given the normal domain extensions.

With time and space permitting, tunes that may be of interest and those associated with monthly meetings of the Sydney Scottish Fiddlers will be available in abc format, midi and in PDFs.

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