One of the most prestigious and nourishing events on the fiddle music calendar
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Premiere of Newly Commissioned Piece by Mike Vass: The Four Pillars

Friday Concert 16 November

Newly Commissioned by the Scots Fiddle Festival, The Four Pillars by Mike Vass, and featuring himself, Patsy Reid, Jenna Reid and Lauren MacColl as soloists, with string quartet, tuned percussion (Iain Sandilands) and piano, will have its Premiere on Friday night at the opening concert.

“We are delighted that the festival is now of a standing where we feel confident to commission a piece of new music to help us settle into our new home at the Pleasance in Edinburgh. Mike Vass will be bringing together top fiddle players from around Scotland and we are delighted to premiere this new piece of work at our Friday evening concert” Rosie Munro Artistic Director.

The Commission was supported by Creative Scotland Open Project Fund.

 Mike Vass

Mike Vass


  • Due to popular demand Patsy Reid has kindly agreed, to give an additional workshop (No 25) on Saturday 17th at 4.00pm. Tickets now on sale. 28 October 2018

  • With the selling out of the Saturday Concert, the Festival Saver ticket is no longer available. A new similar style SFF Short Saver ticket will be on sale from Wednesday morning 24th October 2018 - this is same as the Festival Saver ticket but omits the Saturday Concert

  • SOLD OUT - The Saturday evening concert has now sold out, still tickets left for Friday and Sunday evening concerts, but selling ! 23 October 2018

  • Change to workshop 24 - We have updated the content of Workshop 24: Advanced Step Dance with Alison Carlyle, 4.00pm on Sunday 18th, to a Combined Learn to play Fiddle for, and Learn to Dance. It is open to both fiddle players and dancers, being taught separately but combining regularly during the workshop, to put practice into action. The tutors are Alison Carlyle and Amy Geddes who will ensure an informative and fun workshop. Fiddle players are not required to dance, nor vice versa, but it is not prohibited!

  • Full programme announced - tickets on sale now! Visit our Tickets page to book.

  • Next year’s festival - Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November 2019 - get it in your diary now!


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