On the subject of playing strathspeys, the film "Mr. Menhuin's visit to
Blair Castle" is illuminating with amusing moments. I would guess that the
filn is about 15 to 20 years old. The scene is set with Menhuin making a
visit to the fiddle school at Blair Castle to explore the Scottish fiddling
tradition -- he has a fascination with fiddling of all types, all over the
He does the appropriate listening and admiring and then takes fiddle
lessons from the school instructor -- I am sure that one of our
fiddler-readers will know who the instructor is -- a sort of contemporary
Neil Gow (?) -- and one of the film's great moments is this grand Scottish
fiddler saying to one of the world's great violin players "Aye, Mr.
Menhuin, you've almost got it!" And he was right!
Anyway, if any Strathspey musicians have not seen this film, I'm sure you
would enjoy it.
Perhaps those who have seen it more recently than I can give further
details about the film.