MSFC performing Cathcart at Surrey Hills Music Festival November 2016
See some more video footage of us here
Now 22 years old and 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 from 8 to 80 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. The sixth CD, “Homecoming”, was released in 2016. The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club performs in many festivals around Australia. It has undertaken successful major tours including a 2 week tour of New Zealand in 2005, 10 day tours of Tasmania in 2008 and regional New South Wales in 2010 and a mini-tour of Western Victoria was undertaken in 2012. The latest tour was the biggest ever: 18 days around 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, Adam Sutherland from Scotland, 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 of 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 some videos of Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club performances here.
The Club is open to anyone and meets from 2-5 on the 3rd Sunday of the month (except Jan, our first meeting is in February), 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 for more details so you don’t end up at the wrong venue.