Online Workshop 21st March

We are running an online workshop for adults (over 16s) on 21st March.

We have booked two fantastic tutors:  Daniel Thorpe and Emma Tomlinson.  Both are regular tutors at the Fort Augustus Feis and other annual events and will provide a great day.

We’ll have two parallel workshops options covering Tunes, harmony, technique and other stuff.

Costs will be:  adults £25;  16-18s and full time students free.

Numbers are not limited and we would be happy to open up to known BFG friends etc.

Contact us for more information.

Christmas Break

Hoping everyone has had a great Christmas break, our Friday Zoom sessions are starting back on 8th Jan – we look forward to seeing everyone again then.

Live Music Sessions Online

We are still running our Friday evening sessions online for members. If you haven’t been for a while, why not come along?

Anyone wishing to join BFG as a member will need to contact our enquiries email address before you can come to the live sessions.

NEWS.  The Ceilidh Band will soon be meeting for live practice sessions online using some lovely new equipment we have bought.  Details to follow.

Last Music Shop In Town

As some of you will know, Bandwagon music store in Perth has closed because its owner, Pete Caban, is retiring. Today was the last day of trading, bringing to an end 42 years of business. In the last decade Perth has lost 4 music shops, including Bandwagon and Wilkie’s. It now has none. BFG always tried to take business to the local stores, and they gave us excellent advice and discounts in return.

Pete Caban has always been a huge supporter of what we do at BFG and has provided advice on PA systems and numerous other things. I went in to see him today, to give him a retirement card and bottle of wine from BFG. I came out with his last stocks of fiddle strings, rosin, a 4/4 fiddle case and other sundries. Unless you need/want a fretless banjo, or a tenor guitar, there’s not much left.

I can remember 20 years ago being able to get help and advice from real musicians in the various music shops in Perth and Stirling. But where will we go now? Online shopping can never replace the exchanges face to face with experts. Our tradition of music is based on the direct handing on of what we know to each other. Music shops have always been a hub for exchanges too. We need to treasure such places, as well as our own sessions and events. Its too late for Bandwagon, but I hope someone else will take on the role in Perth before too long. And I hope we can all start meeting up, even in small groups, to share the music as it should be – face to face.

AGM this week

This coming Friday (28th August) is the 2020 AGM. We are holding the session on Zoom using our usual Friday zoom session and there will be lots of music to be played as always. Papers for the AGM are available on the members area of this website. Please join us for tunes and fun. If you have nominations for the committee then please email them to the club secretary.

Date for AGM

This year’s AGM will be held virtually on Friday 28th August at 7pm through Zoom. Unfortunately being virtual means no sausage rolls and cake – but perhaps you could arrange a small gathering (within COVID restrictions) and enjoy some tunes at the same time? Please email through any nominations for the committee.

Primary School Fiddle Club

Hopefully in time we will be able to restart the after school sessions and invite new players to join the Blackford Primary School Fiddle Club. But for the moment, as the after school fiddle club will not be possible, our wonderful tutor Daniel Thorpe has offered to do short online sessions for primary school club members who would like to keep learning to play. These will be short 20minute sessions over zoom, there is no cost for these sessions. If your child is a member of the club and would like to try these then please email us for more information. Equally, if your child’s fiddle needs a little attention and tuning after the summer break then please let us know and we will get them playing again!

House Sessions

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to restart Friday nights as before, and we very much miss getting together with everyone.

However, with the easing of restrictions we have started to arrange small house sessions. These sessions are being held in full compliance with government restrictions, for example meeting out of doors with no more than 5 households or indoors with no more than 3 households, and with physical distancing in place.

If you would like to join (or even host) one of these sessions, then please email us to let us know and we will do our very best to play matchmaker!

Best wishes from the BFG committee.