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TITLE
Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (3 of 17)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_DONALDRIDDLE_03
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Donald Riddell
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1916
KEYWORDS
fiddles
violins
violin
craft
crafts
audio

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The late, great, Donald Riddell BEM, from Kirkhill near Inverness, was a fiddler, composer, and fiddle maker. He was also a Pipe Major in the Lovat Scouts. His pupils include Duncan Chisholm, Bruce MacGregor and Iain MacFarlane.

In this audio extract, Donald recalls his first attempt at making a fiddle. The image shows some of Donald's workshop tools.

'I think I made the first one before I went to school. It must have been a terr-, it was made out of a - I remember now - it was made out of a, part of a cigar box, but it played. But any, any wooden box with strings on it will play, after a fashion, and you could make a fiddle with any kind of wood and you'd get results of a - up to a kind, but not very good'

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Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (3 of 17)

1980s; 1990s

fiddles; violins; violin; craft; crafts; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Donald Riddell

The late, great, Donald Riddell BEM, from Kirkhill near Inverness, was a fiddler, composer, and fiddle maker. He was also a Pipe Major in the Lovat Scouts. His pupils include Duncan Chisholm, Bruce MacGregor and Iain MacFarlane.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract, Donald recalls his first attempt at making a fiddle. The image shows some of Donald's workshop tools.<br /> <br /> 'I think I made the first one before I went to school. It must have been a terr-, it was made out of a - I remember now - it was made out of a, part of a cigar box, but it played. But any, any wooden box with strings on it will play, after a fashion, and you could make a fiddle with any kind of wood and you'd get results of a - up to a kind, but not very good'