Fiddle Crimes 1 : Dundee

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Many years ago, while researching the free-reed instruments in Scotland, I stumbled upon a number of references from the early twentieth century to criminal activity (theft, drunkenness, breach of the peace etc.) involving the accordion and was struck by the large number of cases in and around Dundee. Why Dundee? It would appear that the accordion was not the only musical instrument implicated in such activity and that fiddlers were, and associated with, an unsavoury lot:

Humorous

Fearn

Vault was an old part of the town that had attracted the eye of many artists and photographers before it was redeveloped. In the painting of the site reproduced above and below I was delighted to find both a melodeon and a fiddle player:

Vault-Detail

More posts will follow on violin crime and on fiddlers in Scottish art in due course.