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TITLE
Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (15 of 17)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_DONALDRIDDLE_15
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Donald Riddell
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1930
KEYWORDS
fiddles
violins
violin
craft
crafts
pianos
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 describes how he finds a use for old piano keys. The image shows Donald playing one of Alexander Grant's round violins, known as the 'Rondello'.

'There's extra fittings there, you see, that was only put in yesterday too, that's an ebony key of a piano. Several people who have broken up pianos they give me the, all the black keys, you see? There was a lovely piano, pianola, in the Railwayman's Club in Inverness and I'd - in my opinion - rather foolishly they decided to scrap it. They got nobody who was willing to accept it in a present so it was just broken up to bits and dumped. What was left of that piano I took home in a wee carryout bag, all the black ebony keys. Very useful'

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Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (15 of 17)

1980s; 1990s

fiddles; violins; violin; craft; crafts; pianos; 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 describes how he finds a use for old piano keys. The image shows Donald playing one of Alexander Grant's round violins, known as the 'Rondello'.<br /> <br /> 'There's extra fittings there, you see, that was only put in yesterday too, that's an ebony key of a piano. Several people who have broken up pianos they give me the, all the black keys, you see? There was a lovely piano, pianola, in the Railwayman's Club in Inverness and I'd - in my opinion - rather foolishly they decided to scrap it. They got nobody who was willing to accept it in a present so it was just broken up to bits and dumped. What was left of that piano I took home in a wee carryout bag, all the black ebony keys. Very useful'