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Edinburgh Shetland Fiddlers Society

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Edinburgh Shetland Fiddlers Society
Town/City: Edinburgh
Venue: Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercrombie Place
Day: First and third Sundays of each month
Start time: 7.30pm
Contact name: Peter Brown
Contact phone: 0131 554 1097
Contact email:  
Link to Edinburgh Shetland Fiddlers Society website
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The meetings are held in the Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE . That puts it about 5 minutes' walk north of the city centre, just off Dundas Street.

The meetings are not held every fortnight. Instead, they are held on the first and third Sundays of each month. Here is a list of the dates for the next six months or so.

We are not a music class. We regard ourselves as a social group where all levels of musical skill are accepted. We only accept members in the age range 4 - 90 years old. Although our title includes the word "fiddlers", we are players of a rich variety of instruments. These include keyboard, recorders of various lengths, cello, guitar and concertina. We have had welcome visits from players of instruments that are more exotic.

On a typical night, we would arrive at about 7:30 in the evening and somebody, anybody, would start up a tune. Others would listen or join in, in unison or harmony, according to ability and whim. The one who started the melody might then continue with another tune to build up a set. There is no organisation of the music as such; it is the musical equivalent of an informal group conversation. The trick is to seize a gap between tunes and jump in with yours. The music is usually Shetland or Scottish, but we have members who sometimes like to play Swedish, American or Irish tunes. Everybody contributes £1 to help pay for the hire of the room.

At about 8:30, we take a break in the club's own bar upstairs, where we consume alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and potato crisps of various flavours. Some of our younger members with earlier bedtimes leave at this point. Then we resume playing until 9:30, when we start drifting off home.

New faces are more than welcome. When a new person arrives, we don't make a special fuss. This is partly because we are Scottish, but also because we are too busy playing. We'll make sure you have somewhere to sit while you listen or play. We'll try to get to know you when an opportunity presents itself.

There are also untypical meetings, such as when we are invited to play for a social evening or music festival.

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