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Alison Bartlett - fiddle

 

Music you listen to in the car …

Sver, The Railsplitters, POW Negro, Olafur Arnalds, Andrew Manze

Favourite Scottish tune or musician …

‘Dusk on Loch Ness’ by Adam Sutherland.

Have you attended any fiddle camps? Which was your favourite?

Yes, camps in Perth, Melbourne, Northumberland, Scotland and Norway; they’re all different and all fabulous.

Other types of music or music groups you are involved in …

A community orchestra, a baroque trio

 

Your day job …

University lecturer in literature 

 

Any other useful facts about yourself …

I started learning violin as an adult about 6 years ago.

Favourite activity with Perth Scottish Fiddlers …

Playing tunes, and the camps are great fun 

What you like about playing with Perth Scottish Fiddlers …

Learning heaps with wonderful people

Favourite non-Scottish music …

At the moment it’s Scandinavian fiddle music.

 

Pets … do they like music …

I reckon the chooks appreciate it most. 

Was it hard to learn to play by ear …

Yes and no; learning a tune by ear is far easier for me than memorizing it from paper, and I like to think it’s training my ear. It’s very forgiving when learning by ear too - plenty of wrong notes and that’s okay!