Virginia Scottish Games - September 3 & 4, 2022

Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club  Fiddling  Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club

Are you here to register for the 2021 Competitions?  Registration here  

2021 Fiddle Tent Entertainers

2020 Fiddling Results & Trophy Sponsors

Saturday, September 4, 2021

9:00 - Fiddling Workshop
11:00 - Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club performance
12:00 - Tent closed for opening ceremonies
12:30 - Terpsichore
1:45 - Glencoe Lads
3:00 - The Devil's Tailors
4:15 - Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner

Sunday, September 5, 2021

9:00 - Fiddling Competition on-site registration
10:00 - Fiddling Competition and Awards Ceremony
1:30 - Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner
2:45 - Glencoe Lads

4:00 - Tweedsyde

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Medal Sponsorship $30
(Trophy chair will follow up by e-mail regarding choice of events)

- Includes Gold, Silver and Bronze for one event




Medals in Memory or Honor of

Event Desired


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.


© Virginia Scottish Games Association 2021


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