Fiddlers' Rally


After another successfull almost sell-out Rally in 2017 (see Picture Gallery!), our next Annual Rally will be be held in the Empire Theatre, Eden Court on Saturday 17th February 2018.

As always, the Inverness Fiddlers will be joined by special guests for the event; our guest artists in 2018 will be Scottish Folk singer
Emily Smith and renowned Shetland Fiddler Gemma Donald.

Multi award winning singer Emily Smith is a leading figure of the Scottish folk scene. For over a decade she has been entertaining audiences all over the world with her blend of traditional and original songs. Emily’s beautiful voice eases tired ears and lifts souls with its simple beauty. She also plays accordion and piano.

Emily has released seven studio albums, her most recent album release ‘Songs For Christmas’ (released Dec 16) featured several original songs, one of which; ‘Find Hope’, was selected as part of the BBC Radio 2 official December playlist. Emily has performed and recorded with many musical greats from the Scottish folk scene and beyond including Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Jerry Douglas and Beth Nielsen Chapman.

Her long term musical collaborator, and husband, Jamie McClennan has accompanied her throughout her career on guitar and fiddle and in recent years produced several of her albums. Originally from New Zealand, Jamie moved to Scotland in 2002 to further his career and initially joined Emily’s band line up on fiddle. 2017 sees Emily and Jamie celebrate 15 years of making music together. T

Emily has toured all over the world from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Japan, North America and New Zealand.

“Virtually every number was a highlight” The Scotsman **** (Live Review, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh)

“Bursting with joy and talent” The Telegraph ****

“The freshest sounding folk album in an age” Sunday Express ****


Born in Shetland, Gemma Donald was raised right at the heart of the world’s most famous fiddle-playing tradition. Five years ago she relocated to central Scotland and, in that relatively short time, has become one of the busiest performers, teachers and composers in the country. Winner of every major fiddle competition in Scotland including the coveted Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in 2006, Gemma has also won awards for her compositions. In 2011 she became the first person to retain the Amber Fiddle Award at Perthshire Amber – “the Dougie MacLean Festival”.

She is also in high demand as an adjudicator having judged at Shetland’s Young Fiddler of the Year alongside Aly Bain and Bryan Gear for three years running. In 2012 Gemma was invited to adjudicate at the annual festival of the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs 

Tickets are available from Eden Court Theatre;

Tel : 01463-234234 www.eden-court.co.uk

A Flyer/Poster showing concert details is available here; Rally 2018 Flyer

Some suggestions and offers for accommodation in Inverness along with an event preview with additional concert details are available through the following link; http://www.cheaprooms.co.uk/destinations/inverness/


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