Orkney Heritage Fiddle Project

Led by Dr Gemma McGregor, the OHFP seeks to research and preserve Orkney music and playing styles, whilst also shining a spotlight on some of the county’s most prolific figures within traditional music. Since 2010, the project has focused on the work of Jim Craigie, Davy Eunson, Ronnie Aim, Allie Windwick, Gordon Harvey, the Garson Trio, Jackie Sinclair, and in 2017 explored connections with Norway.

At Thursday night’s Burray concert, the attention will turn to Willie Sinclair, of Braeland, South Ronaldsay [1912-1998]. Willie grew up learning Orkney fiddle but went on to study music in Edinburgh and taught violin throughout the county for many years. His style of playing is continued by many fiddlers including Douglas Montgomery, who will perform alongside Gemma McGregor, David Linklater and family members, friends and past students.