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TITLE
Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (7 of 17)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_DONALDRIDDLE_07
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Donald Riddell
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1921
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 considers the number of separate pieces that make up a fiddle. The image shows Donald in his workshop.

'Quite often I ask a person, who knows nothing about it, 'Take a look at that. Tell me how many separate parts are in that, counting everything.' And after a lot of study they might, some of them might get as far as thirty even, which is not bad. Actually there's eighty one, or eighty two separate pieces in a fiddle and of course when they're told that, they're astonished until they start to have the little parts pointed out'

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Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (7 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 considers the number of separate pieces that make up a fiddle. The image shows Donald in his workshop.<br /> <br /> 'Quite often I ask a person, who knows nothing about it, 'Take a look at that. Tell me how many separate parts are in that, counting everything.' And after a lot of study they might, some of them might get as far as thirty even, which is not bad. Actually there's eighty one, or eighty two separate pieces in a fiddle and of course when they're told that, they're astonished until they start to have the little parts pointed out'