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News and info from Fun Fiddle at The Wash House
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25th  June 2017 Fun Fiddle kids and adults took part in Brass Blast and Fun Fiddle Busk to raise funds for the Wash House new kitchen. We raised 90.33!


25th March 2017  Fun Fiddle kids and Brass Blast collaboration at The Wash House 4pm.

24th January 2017 – Towerbank School ceilidhs Several of the Fun Fiddle children, together with Gica and Marit, played for the local school ceilidhs from 9am til 3pm. Everyone really enjoyed the day, and after playing this gig for the past 15 or so years, it has become a real institution!

28th January 2017 – The Weekend Project Announcing the new Fun Fiddle ceilidh band ! A large group from the adult 8pm class played for a refugee and asylum seekers social event at St Columba’s Church Hall. This was the Syrian families first taste of a Burns Supper, ceilidh dancing , and SCottish tunes. Everyone had a great time and we got to do some Syrian dances too.

Fun Fiddle Ceilidh Benefit on 27th November 2016 for The Wash House  was a great afternoon, and £485 was raised for a new kitchen


Fun Fiddle busk 2016

Fun Fiddlers raised £52.25 for Medecin Sans Frontiers, Doctors Without Borders, Syria fund  at Edinburgh’s Big Beach Busk. See pic above!

1st May 2016 Our Alexander Technique Day  was well subscribed and much enjoyed .


June 4th 2016 Fun Fiddle young people and Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin collaborated in a high quality performance on  at The Wash House. Looking forward to more ahead!

 January – Feb 2016 .We got off to a great start with over 34 Fun Fiddle enrolments for the adult classes and 4 new children joining in the kids group of around 20

 21st January 2016 Fun Fiddle ceilidh band made up of tutors Jenny  Gardner, Marit, Falt, Gica Loening, and young fiddlers Ronan Black and Eva Barnabeu, played for Tower Bank school’s annual Burns Ceilidh which saw 600 pupils taking part, dancing, singing, performing.

Autumn 2015 Autumn got off to a great start with two new tutors, Marit Falt and Rona Wilkie joining the team, and a collaboration  with Portobello’s  String Circle

We are  delighted   that BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2013 and ace fiddle player and Gaelic singer,  Rona Wilkie has joined the Fun Fiddle team as a tutor. And teaching alongside her  for our Big Coastal Ceilidh, is  the fabulous mandola player Marit Falt. For more info on this award – winning pair see

Autumn 2015    Traditional Music Graded Exams.

5 of our Fun Fiddle kids did their grade one and two in Autumn 2015 and did really well. Established alongside the ABRSM exam system but geared especially around traditional music, it’s a great chance for the kids to get useful feedback from the Scottish Royal Conservatoire, and also a fun trip to Glasgow!



 Youtube Clips of Fun Fiddle in action 
In May 2014  we ran a weekend of Street Band workshop in in collaboration with Oi Musica which culminated in a giant parade along Portobello Prom with massed fiddles, drums and horns.

Check out our youtube clips on this funfilled day:

November 2014 saw the first outing of the Fun Fiddle Ceilidh Band, supported by Edinburgh’s Belle Star Band


Here’s the 2013 parade – We’re playing ‘Guid Pals’ which is also one of the tunes we play for a Gay Gordons