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Workshop booking opens March 3rd 2018




The 8th Black Isle Fiddle Weekend will take place from 29th June – 1st July 2018!!

Do you want to learn from some of the finest fiddle players in Scotland in a unique Highland setting? Join us in Cromarty this summer for a hugely popular weekend for adult learners.
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. The tutors for 2018 are Maire Fielding, Mike Vass, Megan Henderson and Lauren MacColl. All levels except from complete beginners are catered for.


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 29th June until late afternoon on Sunday 1st July.  There will be a concert with the tutors on the Friday evening and a gig with a special guest band 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 and Saturday concerts, and lunches on Fri,Sat and Sun. Accom, travel and evening meals not included.

How do I book?

Booking is all online at and will open on 3rd March. 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

  • Megan Henderson

    The youngest of the inordinately talented Henderson family of Lochaber, Megan is best known for her work with leading Scottish folk band, Breabach – with whom she tours the world.  Marrying her deep-rooted Gaelic heritage with a degree in classical string playing, Megan is equally at home on fiddle, piano, accordion, step dancing, and is a fine vocalist.  Lending her skills to numerous recordings and performances, Megan also regularly teaches at summer schools throughout the country.

  • Mike Vass

    Mike Vass is one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene. As a musician, composer, producer,arranger  and tutor Vass has amassed a body of work that encompasses early appearances as a livewire young fiddler, collaborations with many of the leading voices among today’s Scots and Gaelic tradition bearers, delivering multi-media performances, overseeing critically acclaimed recordings, and scoring for prestigious ensembles. He joins us for the first time in Cromarty, fresh from his travels on a sailing boat for the past 18 months.

  • Marie Fielding

    Self taught from the age of 10, Marie has explored fiddle playing and teaching styles from around Scotland, Ireland and beyond. Specialising in playing for dancing, teaching, Performance Preparation and Mentoring, Marie has performed with the top Dance Bands on the scene. A Trad Awards nominee for Best Album and Composer, Marie has published 2 tune books and 3 solo albums. Marie currently teaches Fiddle and Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and in 2016 was awarded a Teachers Excellence Award to explore and research Performance Preparation.

  • Lauren MacColl

    Lauren MacColl

    As well as directing the fiddle weekend and touring with RANT , Salt House and Rachel Newton, Lauren continues to teach fiddle to children and adults across the country. She has been fiddle tutor at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 11 years, and is now based back in the Highlands.

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)


Please do not make an accommodation booking until you have secured a place on the fiddle weekend. The tuition tends to book up extremely quickly.

Cromarty Old Brewery is run 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