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TITLE
Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (5 of 17)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_DONALDRIDDLE_05
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
Donald Riddell
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
41182
KEYWORDS
fiddles
violins
violin
music
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.

Donald's father played the fiddle but in this extract Donald acknowledges that fiddling skills need not be passed down through the generations. The image shows Donald in his workshop.

'Yes, yes, he played the fiddle, and a bit of the pipes - all-round musician. But it doesn't always follow that it follows in families like that because some of my pupils who have done terribly well - their parents don't play at all, and you don't trace any ancestry at all where there was musicians. You just - the thing is, you see, if the parents got the chance they could have learnt perhaps. They didn't get the chance. They didn't get the opportunity. It was maybe there, latent, all the time'

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Donald Riddell, fiddle craftsman (5 of 17)

1980s; 1990s

fiddles; violins; violin; music; 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 /> Donald's father played the fiddle but in this extract Donald acknowledges that fiddling skills need not be passed down through the generations. The image shows Donald in his workshop.<br /> <br /> 'Yes, yes, he played the fiddle, and a bit of the pipes - all-round musician. But it doesn't always follow that it follows in families like that because some of my pupils who have done terribly well - their parents don't play at all, and you don't trace any ancestry at all where there was musicians. You just - the thing is, you see, if the parents got the chance they could have learnt perhaps. They didn't get the chance. They didn't get the opportunity. It was maybe there, latent, all the time'