Founded in 2006, Northwest Scottish Fiddlers’ was founded by renown fiddler, Calum MacKinnon. Our mission is two-fold: To learn all styles of Scottish music, and to share (through performances) traditional Scottish fiddle music.
We support learning this style of music through scholarships to our annual workshop, and through free memberships with access to our music library, and open monthly meetings with guests instructors, and music sessions.
We perform in Seattle, Everett, and surrounding areas, in a variety of venues. Annual performances at Folklife, and at the Everett Public Library, are free and open to the public.
We are committed to accepting and supporting musicians of all ages from diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds, and perform in a variety of venues dedicated to the same ideals.
What We Do
Monthly Club Meetings: Learn new tunes by ear, practice for performances, and jam with fellow fiddlers! Meetings are led by Marcia Thumma, president, and are held at the member’s homes in the Seattle area. For meeting locations, check the calendar, note the list of meetings to the side of the calendar. Click on that day, and meeting location will be available there! We have wonderful guest instructors, such as Calum MacKinnon, visit us some months, other months, we’ll review and jam.
Youth Band: Offers our youngest members a chance to learn from each other, play together, and learn additional sets for performances.
Performances: Northwest Scottish Fiddlers appear in performances throughout the year, including Seattle’s Folklife Festival, Everett Public Library gigs, Gung Haggis Fat Choy in Seattle and more!
Workshop: The club sponsors and organizes the annual Scottish Fiddle workshop with Alasdair Fraser (fiddle) and Natalie Haas (cello) at Camp Casey, Whidbey Island.
Who Can Join
Northwest Scottish Fiddlers welcomes players of all ages of acoustic string instruments including:
- Violin & Viola
- Cello & String Bass
- Guitar & Mandolin
You don’t need any prior background with Scottish music or practice learning by ear. Members have access to sheet music (through the website) so you can learn the music your way.
Interested? Come to our next meeting to see for yourself!