Virginia Scottish Games - September 2 & 3, 2017

Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club  Fiddling  Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club

Are you a Scottish Fiddler?  

Would you prefer to mail your registration in?  Registration Form

Would you like to sponsor a Fiddling Trophy or Set of Medals?  

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2016 Fiddling Competition Results:

Novice Jr.
1st Place: Evelynn Foster
2nd Place: Nova Seidenstein

Novice Sr.
1st Place: Andrew Henderson
2nd Place: Jerry Shumway

1st Place: Colin McGlynn
2nd Place: Emmet Furlong
3rd Place: Clark Furlong

1st Place: Sean Heely
2nd Place: Heather Butler
3rd Place: Catherine McClain

Best Set: Colin McGlynn

Best Air: Sean Heely

Best March: Clark Furlong

Best Strathspey: Sean Heely

Best Reel: Sean Heely

Fiddler of the Day: Sean Heely

Most Promising Fiddler: Nova Seidenstein

Scholarship: Colin McGlynn

Our 2016 Fiddling Trophy Sponsors:
1st Place Open: Nancy Brockman, sponsor of the Paul Brockman Memorial Trophy
2nd Place Open: James Fargo, sponsor of the Ronald D. Gonnella Memorial Trophy
3rd Place Open: The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club
1st Place Junior:
Daniel MacDougall, sponsor of the J.A. & C.A. MacDougall Memorial Trophy

2nd Place Junior: Harris Andrews and Ann Gates, sponsors of the Ian Smith-Christmas Memorial Trophy

1st Place Adult Novice: Barbara Saliunas, sponsor of the Charles Watts Memorial Trophy

1st Place Junior Novice: Harris Andrews and Ann Gates, sponsors of the William Kemp Memorial Trophy
Best Set: The Board of the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, sponsor of the Leah Sparks Memorial Award

Best Air: Francis Leslie, sponsor of the Anne Leslie Memorial Award

Best March: Elke Baker
Best Strathspey: Andrea Novak, sponsor of the Michael Pavuk Memorial Award
Best Reel: Peter W. Walker II, sponsor of the Greater DC Scottish Session Players Award

Fiddler of the Day: Jesse and Chandler Becker
Most Promising Fiddler: William Jarrett, sponsor of the James MacPherson Jarrett Memorial Award

The Virginia Scottish Games, sponsor of the James Harrison Monroe Memorial Fiddling Scholarship

Check out the Entertainers that Played at the Fiddle Tent in 2016!

Devils Tailors playing at VSG (video)

Elke Baker    Ok, so he is not competing...

History of Scottish Fiddling

Since its introduction to Scotland at the end of the seventeenth century the violin – often under the name given to older bowed instruments, namely "fiddle" – has been central to the music of Scotland, from the Scandinavian-influenced Orkney and Shetland islands, through the wild dances and mournful airs of the Gaelic Highlands, to the ballrooms and performance halls of the cities, through the Scots lowlands and borders. The music composed for fiddle ranges from the simple anonymous folk tune to the refined compositions of one of Scotland ’s great 18th and 19th century composers, through the modern syncopated influences of today’s musicians. 

Scottish Fiddling is thus a living tradition, steeped in the past, existing in the present, and anticipating the future. It draws influences from, and influences in return, song the other great instrumental traditions of Scotland, such as harp and bagpipe. Scottish fiddle music is also unique in the Scottish arts in how it was influenced by Continental music traditions, and how its sounds and rhythms have formed much of the foundation of the fiddle music of the New World. 

The Scottish Fiddling Tent represents all aspects of this living tradition, from the judge’s instruction, where style points are discussed, to the fiddle competition, where today’s fiddlers are encouraged to achieve their highest potential, to the many concerts and performances showcasing this area’s rich and deep pool of talent on the Scottish fiddle and the instruments that accompany it. 


Come hear the best young (and not so young) aspiring fiddlers in a contest of skill and musicianship at the fiddle contest. Broken into Junior Novice, Novice, Junior (under 17), and Open categories, the full competition set includes a slow air, then a pause, followed by a medley made up of a march, a Strathspey, and a reel. Contestants are judged on technique, faithfulness to the Scottish idiom, and expression. After the competition, stick around while the judge’s decision is considered and listen to an impromptu jam session hosted by the competitors!

Registration can be through the VSG website; either fill in the web form (signature will be required on the day of the contest), or download and print the form in .pdf format and mail it to the address on the form. Same-day registration is offered until the contest commences. Your paid ticket to the games is your registration fee. More information about the requirements of the contest, such as tunes and etiquette, can be found here, or at Scottish Fiddling Revival’s (SFIRE) website in the “Competitions” section.

Further questions may be directed to the VSG's Fiddle Chair, Chandler Becker.

2013 Fiddling Photos


© Virginia Scottish Games Association 2017


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