Scottish Fiddle Competition and Workshop

The Sixth Scottish Fiddle Competition will be held May 13 2017.
Steward of the BHG Competition - Debbie Morris

The Scottish String Instrument Workshop - 10:30 - 11:30 in the Visitor Center. It is free and open to the public.

Register before noon on Saturday, May 13, for the Scottish Fiddle Competition. The competition begins in the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m.

For Fiddle Competition information contact Debbie Morris - Triad Scottish Fiddlers & Friends at 336-491-2958.

David Gardner


2017 Bethabara Highland Games Scottish Fiddling Judge

David Gardner, a nationally recognized Scottish fiddle performer, teacher, and judge. He has been performing on the Scottish fiddle since the 1980's, absorbing the idiom and style of the great 18th century Scotish composers such as the Gows, Mackintoshes, and Marshall. Gardner is a specialist in the performance of 18th century Scotish music using bows and instruments set up as they would have been in Neil Gow's day. Since those early years, he has performed on innumerable occasions, both in colonial taverns and on stage.

David currently holds an instrumental music endorsement for the state of Virginia in this capacity for teaching excellence, he was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Scholarship to Germany in the summer of 2003.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the college of William and Mary. In years past he performed with various classical ensembles including the Richmond Chamber Players and the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra. 

David is currently a member of the nationally recognized musical trio, The Virginia Company, with whom he has performed at The Kennedy Center, The National Geographic Society, the Bethlehem Music Festival, Longwood Gardens, Plymouth Plantation, Monticello, and Mount Vernon, among other venues.

He is a professional fiddle judge officially sanctioned by the North American Association for Scotish Fiddling, (Scottish FIRE) and instructor at the Strathgheny School of Scottish fiddling at Westminster college.

Raising the Fiery Torch - One of a kind pulled glass vase created for Bethabara Highland Games Fiddle Competition by The Olio Inc. in Winston - Salem, NC.


2017 Prize Money:

Novice 1st - $50    2nd - $30     3rd - $25
Junior 1st - $75    2nd - $50     3rd - $25
Open 1st - $100    2nd - $70     3rd - $25


Novice 1st 2nd 3rd
Junior 1st 2nd 3rd
Open 1st 2nd 3rd

Parchment Certificates:

Best Set

 Strathspey of the day

Best Air

Placing in Open

Placing in Novice

Placing in Juniors

Fiddler of the Day and $25

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