A really good article by Morag and a great general introduction to Scottish fiddle music. It would be brilliant if this inspired some of us to get out there rootling about in the archives. It isn't just the music that is rich, it's the stories behind the tunes and the people who composed them. One of my own favourite tales is of Francis Markie, a cellist and all-round worthy from North-East Scotland. It is recorded that he once, probably in the mid-nineteenth century, tried to race a train on foot. Predictably the train won the race but Francis was inspired to boast that he, "gied it a gey reid face."