About Us

MSFC performing Cathcart at Surrey Hills Music Festival November 2016

See some more video footage of us here 

21 years old and going stronger than ever, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club explores the lively sounds of Scottish music with repertoire that both acknowledges and reinvents traditional roots, drawing enthusiastic and loyal crowds. Regularly collaborating with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, the Club puts on a charming and exhilarating show.

Fiddlers as young as 8 and adults as old as 78 play together in rehearsals and have recorded 6 CDs, with two of their CDs “Gates of Gold” (2008) and “Of an Island” (2012) winning several awards. A sixth CD was recorded in late 2015 was released in  April 2016. The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club has undertaken 4 successful major tours including a 2 week tour of New Zealand in 2005, a 10 day tour of Tasmania in 2008 and a 10 day tour of regional New South Wales in September 2010. A mini-tour of Western Victoria was undertaken in July 2012. Our latest tour was the biggest ever: Two Weeks in Scotland, including Shetland, during September/October 2015.

The group collaborates regularly with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, such as American-based Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Chris Stout, Ross Couper and Catriona McKay from the Shetland Islands, as well as home-grown heroes such as Chris Duncan, Catherine Strutt, Chris Stone and Catherine Fraser.

The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club always gives a lively and captivating performance, with a heart-warming mix of the traditional and the contemporary, of songs and tunes, that will bring a smile to the lips and perhaps a tear to the eye of anyone who can trace a link back to Scotland, to Shetland or even to Nova Scotia.

You can find more videos of Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club performances here.

Join Us

The Club is open to anyone and meets from 2-5 on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except Jan), usually at St Aidans Uniting Church, North Balwyn*, Victoria (Australia). All levels welcome – we have fiddlers galore, cellists, harpists, pianists, guitarists bassists – bring along your instrument, your enthusiasm for Scottish music and something to share for our famous afternoon tea.  Get in touch if you’d like to come along.

*Venue may occasionally vary from time to time.  Please email secretary@melbournescottishfiddlers.com for more details so you don’t end up at the wrong venue.

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