Recommended Books and Albums

Alburger, Mary Anne  - Scottish Fiddlers and their Music; 1983.

Anderson, Tom  and Georgeson, Tom - Da Mirrie Dancers; 1970, Ringing Strings; 1970.

Anderson, Tom and Swing, Pam - Haand me doon da fiddle; 1979.

Bowie, John - A Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances; 1789.

Campbell, Joshua - A Collection of Newest and Best Reels; 1788.

Collinson, Francis - The Traditional and National Music of Scotland; 1966.

Cooke, Bill - A Guide to Scottish Fiddling; 1990.

Cooke, Peter - The Shetland Tradition; 1986.

Dunlay,Kate and Greenberg,David  - The Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton; 1996.

Emmerson, George S. - Scotland Through her Country Dances; 1967, Rantin’ Pipe and Tremblin’ String; 1988.

Flett, J.P. and Flett, T.M. - Traditional Dancing in Scotland; 1964.

Fraser, Captain Simon - The Airs and Melodies peculiar to the Highlands and  Islands; 1816.

Galloway, John - Article on the old fiddle music of the Highlands in The Weekend Scotsman;  9/2/91.

Garret, David - An Fhideag Airgid; 1994.

Glen, John - The Glen Collection (music collections and biographies; 1891-95, reprinted Highland Music Trust 2001.

Gow, Niel - The Beauties of Niel Gow; 1819.

Grant, Charles - Strathspeys, Reels, Pibrochs and Marches; no date circa late 19th C.

Grant, Angus - The Glengarry Collection - 2008

Hardie, Alistair - The Caledonian Companion; 1981.

Henderson, John Murdoch - The Flowers of Scottish Melody; 1935.

Honeyman, William C. - The Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor; no date, circa 1900.

Hunter, James - The Fiddle Music of Scotland; 1979.

James S. Kerr - Kerr’s Collection of Merry Melodies; from 1875.

Johnston, David - Scottish Fiddle Music of the 18th Century; 1984.

McDonald, Patrick - Patrick McDonald Collection; 1784, reprinted Taigh na Teud 2000.

McGlashan, Alexander  - Strathspey Reels Book 1; 1778.

Marshall, William - Marshall’s Scottish Airs, Melodies;1822.

Martin,Christine - Tog Fonn! Books 1 and 2; 1994 and 1997.

Murray, Bert - The Bon Accord Collection; 1999.

Neil, J. Murray - The Scots Fiddle; 1999.

Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society - Fiddle Music and Song of the Orkney Isles; 1977.

Oswald, James - The Caledonian Pocket Companion (12 volumes) c. 1758.

Skinner, James Scott - The Scottish Violinist; 1900, The Harp and the Claymore; 1904, A Guide to Bowing Strathspeys, Reels, Pastoral Melodies, Hormpipes etc;1900, reprinted Hardie Press 1984.

Thurston, H.A. - Scotland’s Dances; 1954.


Selected Fiddle Albums

Here is a great selection of recommended fiddle albums to help you learn more about Scottish fiddle music. Many of the fiddlers have several albums to choose from and all are top quality Scottish musicians with well recorded albums.


Alasdair Fraser - “Fire and Grace”


Aly Bain- “The First Album”


Blazin Fiddles - “Magnificent Seven”


Bruce MacGregor - “101 Reasons to do Nothing”


Catriona MacDonald - “Bold”


Ian MacFarlane - “The First Harvest”


J. Scott Skinner - “The Strathspey King”old recording.


Borders Fiddles - “Borders Young Fiddles”


Tom Hughes - old style Borders fiddler - “Tom Hughes and his Border Fiddle”


Chris Stout -”First o’ the Darkenin”


Jennifer Wrigley - “Dancing Fingers”


Pete Clark - revival of the music of Neil Gow and others “Fiddle Case”


Ronan Martin - Traditional Fiddle Music from the Highlands of Scotland


Duncan Chisolm and Bruce MacGregor - “A Highland Fiddler”

Session A9 - “What Road” with Duncan Chisolm, Gordon Gunn, Charlie MacKerron and Adam Sutherland.


Jonny Hardie and Gavin Marwick - “The Blue Lamp”


Also check out Old Blind Dogs band.


Angus Grant  senior- cassette only “Highland Fiddle


Paul Anderson -”The MacAndrew Collection”


Alan Henderson - “Alan Henderson -Est 1976”