This recently rediscovered set of photographs by Lorraine mann features Edinburgh fiddler Derek Hoy and his band playing for a summer season in the south of France. Scottish fiddle music turns up it the most unexpected places:
John Glen’s Collection of the Dance Music of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1895), Vol. 2 notes that Raeburn painted portraits of Niel Gow for:
- County Hall, Perth (1st)
- The Duke of Athole
- Hon. Mr Maule of Panmure
- The Gow Family
The Dictionary of National Biography (London, 1968) Vol VIII, p. 294 quotes P. R. Drummond Perthshire in Bygone Days (1879) who states that the 1816 mezzotint by Say was called ‘the perfection of likeness’.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery oil painting would appear not to be one of the above mentioned but one which had been in the painter’s family. Duncan Thomson Raeburn (Edinburgh, 1997), p. 106.
In an earlier post I introduced David McCallum, violinist and fiddler. Recently I was delighted to acquire this extended play record from a second-hand shop on Byers Road, Glasgow. I look forward to playing it:
Here he gives actress Romy Schneider a fiddle lesson: