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A suite of lessons; a book; a CD, and all online you say? Yes we do! It's big, it's bold & very exciting. We're nearly there. Read on.
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Fyne Fiddles Volume 1

Fyne Fiddles has grown out of a music writing, arranging & teaching partnership between me & my great pal Donald Knox, who I met while working with Borders community music group, Riddell Fiddles. Donald is brilliant. He is the yin of impeccable planning and presentation to the yang of my utterly scatterbrained impulsive harebrained creative ideas. It works a treat.

So since 2014 we have been leading a series of weekend workshops at Ardkinglas House at the head of Loch Fyne. Now, inspired by this beautiful setting and informed by the experiences with our students, we have decided to take it to the next level and create a suite of fiddle lessons in Book, Audio CD and Video /Online format. 

View from Ardkinglas
View from Ardkinglas

 

The lessons used in this project are tried & tested - we know that students love playing Donald's arrangements of the tunes and that fiddle players across Scotland are inspired by my lessons, ideas and - I trust - wise words!  So we reckoned it was about time to try and spread the word, to make this teaching accessible to folk who don't have time or money to come all the way to beautiful Argyll (although of course they should if they possibly can).

Ardkinglas House - home of Fyne Fiddles!
Ardkinglas House - home of Fyne Fiddles!

 

Fyne Fiddles Volume 1 is the result. But this is a MASSIVE project - verging on the ridiculous dare I say. [My Dad would agree, with a giant groan and probable rolling of eyes, that I have always been nothing if not ambitious. Foolhardy indeed. Rash perhaps?] Anyway, true to form I have done it again. Another great idea that simply HAS to happen "what exactly do you mean by have I planned the budget, Dad?". 

Joking aside, we do of course have a budget & solid plan and a very big ambition to deliver this project. It's been growing for a few years in my mind and I believe we have something really special that needs to be shared in the wider fiddle playing community. We want to make something that Scottish Fiddle learners can use no matter whether they live - be it on a remote Scottish Island or the other side of the world - be they a millionaire, a penniless musician or a violin teaching colleague looking for ideas and understanding of folk music.

And so it has begun. We have selected our favourite lessons, been into the studio and recorded them as audio & video. Now we're furiously writing editing & scoring. We've put some of our own money in and we're doing a tour and some workshops at the end of November and early December which will help cover some of the costs, but we still need to raise the funds to press the CDs, print the books, edit the video lessons & build the new website that will deliver this worldwide. https://www.lunaria.co.uk

Illustration by Sarah Roberts
Illustration by Sarah Roberts

 

So go on, have a look at our list of rewards. We hope there is something there for everyone! 

Thank you for reading this and for any donation you can give to help us make this project the success we believe it can be.

Risks and challenges

We have a delivery deadline for the book & CD of 13th November, just in time for the official launch at the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival on Sunday 19th November. Because there is so much to do just to get this bit of the project complete and to promote the wee concert tour we are realistic that the full development of the website & online lessons is a way off yet. So for now we are focussing on the hard copy and building a temporary website to promote the tour & sell the book, cd & downloads.

This online element of this project is complicated and setting up a full website that will allow us to do all the things we need it to is no mean feat. I am lucky to have found an ace developer, Lunaria in Edinburgh, and Lindsay is guiding me through this process with years of experience behind him and his team.

Also, I have been working with ABC Creative Music for 7 years now, delivering online music resources to classroom teachers, so what I don't know about online lesson delivery my wonderful colleagues Tom & Phil Bancroft do and they are poised to support.

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    Fyne Fiddles Volume 1 delivered straight to your inbox before general release.

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    Fiddle? Really? Is there nothing else?

    Yes there is! We have honey from Donald's Bees. Scottish Borders honey, tastes of whatever flowers the bees find, it's organic, it's delicious and you cannot buy it anywhere else in the world.

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    Be the first, be in print.

    Have your name added to the list of supporters we will thank in the book and be one of the very first people in the world to receive the download version of Fyne Fiddles Vol 1 before general release.

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    Now it's getting personal.....

    Be one of the first people worldwide to receive a signed copy of the book & CD Fyne Fiddles Vol 1 before general release.

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    Winter is coming.

    Amy's neighbour, dear friend and long time musical collaborator Gina Rae is a crochet genius. Wherever Amy goes on her musical travels she buys Gina wool or buttons to make beautiful things. Gina is making hats for you. Each hat is unique.

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    It's still personal and you're in print!

    Have your name added to the list of supporters we will thank in the book AND be one of the very first people worldwide to receive a signed copy of the book & CD Fyne Fiddles Vol 1 before general release.

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    A (part digital) Bundle!

    Fyne Fiddles Volume 1 in digital format, a hat and a jar of honey.

    Includes:
    • A Jar of Deanburnhaugh Honey
    • Hand crocheted bespoke wooly hat (pure new wool / wool mix).
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    You want the real deal?

    Book, CD, downloads before general release & your name in the book - why not add the personal touch? Have a 40 minute Skype session with Amy on a lesson of your choice from Fyne Fiddles Vol 1.

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    • A 40 minute Skype lesson with Amy
    • Signed hard copy of the book & CD
    • Be a named supporter in the Book
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    Your very own tune.

    Commission a tune from Amy or Donald. You can choose the title and the type of tune. We will spend time talking to you about the piece before writing - who or what provided the inspiration, what feelings that special person or place bring to you. If you are a player yourself, you may want to chose the key, time signature and difficulty level.

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    • An original composition named by you.
    • A handwritten score by the composer.
    • Printed score including the melody and guitar chords.
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    House Concert

    We come to your home and provide and evening of entertainment. (Within 50 miles of Edinburgh - please contact us if you are farther away before backing.) There's fiddle from Amy, guitar from Donald and a few songs from them both. But that's not all - we like to add a flavour of something new and exotic wherever we go. So to that end, Amy will bring her husband Adie along - he is a dancer from Ghana and makes any night unforgettable with his charisma and energetic performances. So it's a unique Scottish Ghanaian evening to share with your friends & family!

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    A Mega Bundle!

    Fyne Fiddles Volume 1 a signed Book & CD, also in digital forma AND a hat AND a jar of honey!

    Includes:
    • A Jar of Deanburnhaugh Honey
    • Hand crocheted bespoke wooly hat (pure new wool / wool mix).
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