HeraldNet.com - Life: Master Scottish fiddler plans a weekend of teaching, performing: "Scottish fiddle music's origins date back to days when music was made beside kitchen stoves and at local taverns.
In the Scottish Highlands, the music developed its own cadence, syncopation, accents and rhymes.
“The Scottish people love to cry. The music is going to express that,” local fiddler Minda Phillips said. “It's great music for dance as well.”
Scottish fiddling is at its best when dozens of violinists join together. Add a few cellos, maybe a guitar or a bass, and the blend is as fine as an aged whiskey.
One person picks up a bow to start a tune, and the rest follow. There's no sheet music. Everyone plays by ear, and the songs soar from the heart."