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Niel Gow Festival Returns to Birnam Arts

LISTEN: Charlie McCarthy chats with local musician Peter Clark about the Niel Gow Festival.

The Niel Gow Festival returns to Birnam Arts after a two year absence. The Festival celebrates the music of local composer and musician Niel Gow was lived in Inver from 1727 to 1807.

Local fiddler Peter Clark tells us of the remarkable work of the local musician who composed many Scottish Fiddle tunes in Highland Perthshire during his life. Niel explains a regular visitor to Inver was “The Bard” Robbie Burns who would write poetry and listen to Niel’s music on his visits to the area.

Pete Clark was amazed that there was never a permanent memorial to the local composer, so one of the projects the Niel Gow Festival invested in over the years was a bronze statue of Niel Gow, This was erected in Little Dunkeld on 2020, but there was never a formal dedication of the statue, so this year on Sunday the 20th of March at 10am there will be a Gow’s Gathering where a few of Niel’s fiddle tunes will be played.

The Niel Gow Festival starts on Friday evening the 18th of March with solo fiddlers playing in concerts, to hear the different sounds of individual players performing on different instruments and continues until Sunday with many performances throughout the weekend.

Above Peter Cark in conversation with Heartland FM’s Charlie McCarthy about the Niel Gow Festival 2022 and below the full podcast where Niel tells Charlie about the music of Niel Gow, the different fiddle tunes, and the special fiddle he was playing when he visited us.

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