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TITLE
Angus Grant on Farquhar Macrae
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_ANGUSGRANT_06
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Aonghas Grant
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1567
KEYWORDS
Angus Grant
fiddlers
traditional music
accordions
audio

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Aonghas Grant, also known as the Left-handed Fiddler of Lochaber, has been playing fiddle since he was thirteen years old. His career spans over sixty years and he is still active as a teacher, soloist, composer and session participant, playing a wide range of fiddle music. Aonghas is a Gaelic speaker and particularly noted for his 'West Highland Style' of fiddling, influenced by both Gaelic and piping. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in the late 1990s, Aonghas talks to Andy Ross about Farquhar Macrae, a great fiddle and box player from the West Highlands.

Interviewer: The first I met you was in Glenfinnan. I would have said probably 1958 or 1959, on a terrible night of rain, and I remember you arrived with the fiddle strapped on your back.

Aye, I'd to come up - by this time I moved down - the old lady had died and the estate got sold and I moved down to Loch Ailort, to her niece's estate, Mrs Cameron-Head at Inverailort, and I was a shepherd's stalker there. And I probably came up from Rannoch in about four or five miles down the road on my motor bike, with the fiddle strapped on my back.

Interviewer: And who else was playing with you that night d'you think?

Oh, my old friend Farquhar Macrae. And that was in - They had a nice hall there at that time and they used to do the drama - Judy Templeton was famous for putting on the drama - and there used to be all - and the amateur drama finals quite often.

Interviewer: And where did Farquhar come from that night then? Where would he have been then?

Lochailort; he was also on Lochailort Estate. They'd moved up from Roshven and he was head shepherd and eventually manager on the estate

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Angus Grant on Farquhar Macrae

1990s

Angus Grant; fiddlers; traditional music; accordions; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Angus Grant

Aonghas Grant, also known as the Left-handed Fiddler of Lochaber, has been playing fiddle since he was thirteen years old. His career spans over sixty years and he is still active as a teacher, soloist, composer and session participant, playing a wide range of fiddle music. Aonghas is a Gaelic speaker and particularly noted for his 'West Highland Style' of fiddling, influenced by both Gaelic and piping. In this audio extract, originally recorded for 'Moray Firth People' in the late 1990s, Aonghas talks to Andy Ross about Farquhar Macrae, a great fiddle and box player from the West Highlands.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: The first I met you was in Glenfinnan. I would have said probably 1958 or 1959, on a terrible night of rain, and I remember you arrived with the fiddle strapped on your back.<br /> <br /> Aye, I'd to come up - by this time I moved down - the old lady had died and the estate got sold and I moved down to Loch Ailort, to her niece's estate, Mrs Cameron-Head at Inverailort, and I was a shepherd's stalker there. And I probably came up from Rannoch in about four or five miles down the road on my motor bike, with the fiddle strapped on my back.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And who else was playing with you that night d'you think?<br /> <br /> Oh, my old friend Farquhar Macrae. And that was in - They had a nice hall there at that time and they used to do the drama - Judy Templeton was famous for putting on the drama - and there used to be all - and the amateur drama finals quite often.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And where did Farquhar come from that night then? Where would he have been then?<br /> <br /> Lochailort; he was also on Lochailort Estate. They'd moved up from Roshven and he was head shepherd and eventually manager on the estate