A poor grain harvest in 1799 was the reason for a ban on whisky production, hence this fine tune by Niel Gow.  (Not an admonition from Mr Gow's doctor, as many people believe!)  Sometimes played as a march (Argh!) this is perhaps Niel Gow's best known composition.

The Dunkeld Bridge Collection, Vol. 1

Fiddle music from highland Perthshire

by Pete Clark, Edited by Jane Marx

[Inver Music; available from musicinscotland.com]

Extract from review in "Fiddler" magazine:


This is so much more than a music book – it’s a great read on many levels.  It’s an entertaining history of the people and the area via music, text, paintings, and photographs.  After reading it, you’ll feel as if you were treated to a whirlwind trip to highland Perthshire!


Mary Larsen

Fiddler Magazine, Winter 2015/16