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Press Release

Swinney hosts memorial event

Publised date : 28 May 2018

Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, has hosted an event in honour of Niel Gow, the 18th century Perthshire fiddler.

The event, which took place at the Scottish Parliament, was highlighted by musical performances from Pete Clark (fiddle) and Muriel Johnstone (piano), who wowed those in attendance with recitals of Gow’s music. 

In addition to keeping the memory of Gow alive, the event sought to raise funds to erect a permanent memorial to the musician in Dunkeld.

Commenting, Mr Swinney said:

“I was honoured to host an event celebrating the work of Niel Gow. Niel composed some of the most notable melodies in the Scottish fiddle repertoire, and had a profound impact on his contemporaries, including Robert Burns and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

“The musical performances by Pete Clark and Muriel Johnstone were stunning, and so vividly brought Niel’s music to life. I thank them both for attending, and for their tireless efforts to ensure Niel’s work is fully recognised.

“It is only right that a figure of such cultural importance to Perthshire is honoured, and I therefore fully support efforts to establish a permanent memorial to Niel Gow in Dunkeld.”

In addition to the memorial event, each year a festival is held in honour of Niel Gow. The 16th annual Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Festival will be held from the 15-17th March 2019, in Dunkeld and Birnam, with proceeds from the event going towards the establishment of a permanent memorial.

ATTACHED: A picture of John Swinney MSP with musicians Pete Clark and Muriel Johnstone.

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