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'Our String Band', a Poetic Tribute to Alexander Grant (Battan)
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_004_001
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
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6814
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
poems
poetry
'Our String Band', a Poetic Tribute to Alexander Grant (Battan)

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).

This typed manuscript entitled 'Our String Band' is a poetic tribute to Alexander Grant as Leader of the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society. Other musicians mentioned include Scott Skinner, Stradivorious [Stradivarius], Neil Gow, and Johnie Fraser (fellow band member and society secretary)

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'Our String Band', a Poetic Tribute to Alexander Grant (Battan)

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; musicians; composers; strathspeys; poems; poetry

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant - printed sheet music

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).<br /> <br /> This typed manuscript entitled 'Our String Band' is a poetic tribute to Alexander Grant as Leader of the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society. Other musicians mentioned include Scott Skinner, Stradivorious [Stradivarius], Neil Gow, and Johnie Fraser (fellow band member and society secretary)