An international event to encourage creative fiddle composition
and to honour the famous Highland Perthshire fiddle player and composer, Niel Gow.

2011 Winner:
Gemma Donald (Falkirk) - "The Laird O' Strathmill"

2011 1st Runner-Up:
Karen Steven (Caithness) - "The Victory Stone"

2011 2nd Runner-Up:
Iain Anderson (Falkirk) - "The Path To Faskally"

2011 Finalists:
Milli Jameson (Nottingham) - "Miss Lucy Jameson"
Cath James (Sheffield) - "Snowing Up The Hill"
Adam Sutherland (Glasgow) - "The Road To Errogie"

The award, previously known as the Niel Gow International Fiddle Composition Award, was launched in 2008 to encourage creative fiddle composition and has attracted entrants from around the world - in each of the previous years, composers from across the UK and from North America have made it all the way through to the final.

The first prize will again be £1,000 plus a copy of the Niel Gow Trophy, the silver cup commissioned for the award. The winner will also receive a 2-year subscription to Fiddle On magazine and their tune will be printed in the magazine as part of a feature article. All finalists are presented with a commemorative certificate and further prizes will be announced in the run up to the early November final.

This year six finalists will perform their own composition at the Fiddle Tree Concert in The Birnam Hotel, Perthshire on Wednesday October 31st 2012. The winner will be announced and the cash prize will be presented on the night.

NIEL GOW(1727–1807), the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century, was born and lived his life in the village of Inver, just outside Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire. His tunes are still widely played to this day throughout the world.

PERTHSHIRE AMBER The Dougie Maclean Festival is now in its seventh year and takes place at various venues throughout the county between Friday October 26th and Sunday November 4th 2012. For full details, and to book tickets, visit 

This event is sponsored by The Fiddle Tree, Birnam CD, Fiona Ritchie Productions (Radio & Podcasts from the heart of Scotland via NPR) Butterstone Studios and Bonskeid Music.