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East Church, Cromarty
2nd July, 8pm



The 6th Black Isle Fiddle Weekend will take place from 1st-3rd July 2016!!

Do you want to learn from some of the finest fiddle players in Scotland in a unique Highland setting? Join us in Cromarty in July for the third Black Isle Fiddle Weekend from 3rd-5th JULY.
Intensive tuition in a small class setting, top-notch concerts, informal sessions and of course, great Highland hospitality!


The participant (ages 18+ only) will have classes from each of the 4 tutors. All four are highly sought-after tutors and performers, and this year all members of RANT make up the tutor team.


The Black Isle Fiddle Weekend takes place in the beautiful, historic village of Cromarty,at the Old Brewery – an intimate and homely learning environment. Cromarty lies half an hour north-east of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Inverness is on the sleeper line from London and easily accessible by rail, road and a well-served airport. The Black Isle is a stunning location for holidays and there is plenty to do for families in the area.


Tuition will take place from the morning of Friday 1st July until late afternoon on Sunday 3rd. (All levels except from complete beginners catered for) There will be a concert with the tutors on the Friday evening and a gig with a special guest on the Saturday. Informal sessions are encouraged throughout the weekend.


All classes will be taught by ear with music provided at the end of the weekend. All levels except from complete beginners are catered for.


Tuition Package – £200. Includes at least 12 hours of tuition, Entry to Fri Tutors Concert in Old Brewery and Sat Concert in special venue of East Church and lunches on Fri,Sat and Sun. Accom and travel not included.

How do I book?

Booking this year is all online at and will open on 13th February. A deposit of £60 is required to secure your booking. Please note, deposits are non-refundable. The balance is due by the end of May and you will be sent further payment info at the beginning of May.

Fiddle Weekend Tutors

  • Jenna Reid

    Jenna Reid

    Renowned Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid recently celebrated releasing her fourth solo album, recorded live in concert at Mareel in Shetland. Her first publication of original tunes entitled the Quarff Collection launched at the 2013 Shetland Fiddle Frenzy, a festival which she co-curated 2013-2015 with sister Bethany. Further to her solo accomplishments, Jenna is a member of Blazin’ Fiddles & RANT & recently contributed a chapter on Shetland Fiddle to the Oxford University Press.

  • Bethany Reid

    Bethany Reid

    Born and brought up in Shetland, Bethany began playing the fiddle at the age of five and was taught throughout her school years by Willie Hunter, Eunice Henderson and Margaret Scollay. At the age of eleven Bethany took the title of Shetland’s Young Fiddler of the Year. A title that she still remains the youngest to have received. More recently she holds a first class honours degree from Strathclyde Uni and a Post Graduate diploma in Education from Edinburgh Uni. In 2010 Bethany and Jenna released Escape, The Story of Jan Baalsrud and the Shetland Bus, a suite of original music based on an epic story from WWII.

  • Sarah-Jane Summers

    Sarah-Jane Summers

    Taught by the late, great Donald Riddell, Sarah-Jane also has a Masters degree in traditional Norwegian music and free improvisation from the prestigious Norwegian State Academy of Music. Her extremely diverse skills have led her to perform at rock, jazz, folk, country, contemporary, noise festivals worldwide. Her duo with her husband, Juhani Silvola, has earnt rave reviews, including 5/5 and Top of the World status from Songlines: “masters of their instruments… magnificent”. An extremely experienced educator, she has given talks worldwide, has released a tuition DVD, and is passionate about people finding their own musical voice.

  • Lauren MacColl

    Lauren MacColl

    As well as running the Black Isle Fiddle weekend, Lauren is a member of RANT and Salt House, plays in a duo with flautist Calum Stewart and tours regularly with the Rachel Newton Trio. A Black-Isle Native, she is passionate about local tunes from the Highlands, and has spent the last decade teaching at fiddle courses and workshops across the UK, as well as being one of the main fiddle tutors at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Fiddle Weekend Timetable
A timetable will be sent out to all participants in the weeks before the event

Fiddle Weekend Travel and Accommodation

Black Isle Fiddle Weekend takes place at Cromarty Old Brewery, Burnside Place, Cromarty, IV11 8XQ

Black Isle Map

Please be aware participants are responsible for their own travel and accom. To connect with others who may be willing to car-share etc please visit the facebook page


Cromarty is approx 40 mins drive from the capital of the Highlands – Inverness.

By Rail: The nearest rail station is Inverness. Booking from 3 months in advance from will give great deals from UK train stations, including the sleeper line from London

By Air: Inverness has a well served airport (flights include Gatwick, Birmingham, Luton, Southampton, Belfast, Bristol, Western and Northern Isles, Amsterdam) with a regular bus service into the city of Inverness

By bus: Cromarty can be reached by the No.26 bus service, hourly from Inverness Bus Station. (With connections UK wide)


Cromarty Old Brewery has recently been taken over by the Cromarty Arts Trust. As in previous years, they will be offering accommodation at the venue on a B&B basis. They have 11 rooms. Please contact them directly to ask for pricing and to book. Email or tel: 01381 600354

There are various B&B, Self-catering and Hotel options in and around Cromarty, but please note it is a small village, so quick booking is advised