The rafters of the old Asylum Hall at the Port Arthur Historic Site rattled to the lively and happy sounds of Australia’s largest ‘fiddle orchestra’ last Friday evening (11 July).
The performance by the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club drew a very appreciative audience of Peninsula locals who revelled to the group of nearly forty violinists.
The Club is a group of fiddle fans meeting monthly to play tunes from Scotland, old and new and the Scottish diaspora.
Fiddlers as young as 8 and adults as old as 78 play together in rehearsals and recorded their first CD “Red Hot Scots” in 1999 which had a lot of success at home and abroad. The group performed at the Historic Site as part of a statewide tour.
A note sent to PAHSMA by an appreciative local audience member was indicative of the mood:
“The Fiddlers were absolutely fantastic and we were very impressed by how they involved the children and entertained everyone! We were warbling away singing the tunes for days!”
Another gentleman in the audience said he had not heard the Scots Farewell for 58 years – since his grandmother sang it to him as a five year old as he left Scotland for Australia with his family.