Fun Fiddle is a community music project based in the heart of Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland
Check out our fabulous lockdown Fun Fiddle Slideshow created by Ros Gasson and featuring Fun Fiddlers playing Gavin Marwick’s ‘This Too Shall Pass’ along to pics of fiddlers in their favourite places.
Fiddle classes in Portobello, Edinburgh
It’s never too late to learn to play the fiddle!
About Fun Fiddle
Fun Fiddle started as a small informal group of adult learners in 2003. Led by Gica Loening and Jenny Gardner, we have grown to become a strongly entrenched community of fiddle friends in and around Portobello. We currently have around twenty children and thirty adults learning with us.
Post pandemic, we now offer the chance for playing together weekly on a Thursday (adults or over 16), in place of formal classes. Fun Fiddle tutors are also available for one to one lessons, small group teaching. Children’s lessons will continue as they have done, with one to one lessons and the chance to join in playing together.
Fun Fiddle has collaborated over the years with street bands, choirs, drummers, and bands, contributing a vibrant energy to the East Edinburgh locality.
“I enjoyed meeting a lovely group of people and being able to learn the fiddle locally”
“It built my confidence”
“It’s been great to meet other students and to learn some skills in fiddle playing and some new tunes”
“Thank you, it’s been fun, friendly and made learning a new instrument feasible”
Fun Fiddle supports students in:
- Learning by ear
- Playing together in a group
- Building up a shared repertoire of tunes
- Learning technique and traditional idiom
- Performing at informal gatherings and community events
“I love Porty fiddlers because it really is fun,- and has the nicest people ever in the group – and I love the diversity of all the different types of music that we try, and no pressure to be perfect at it, just real relaxing enjoyable evening” Fun Fiddle participant 2017.
You are welcome to join us, whatever level you are at. You may be an absolute beginner, or played as a child but gave up and would like to pick it up again; Or perhaps you are a classical player wishing to learn traditional fiddle, or someone who is totally self taught and looking to consolidate your skills? As the focus is on learning by ear, it doesn’t matter if you read music or not.
Our involvement in Trad Music
Fun Fiddle is rooted in local and Scottish culture, which we value highly, believing in the importance of celebrating, promoting, and furthering the Scottish tradition for all ages to connect with. We are an active member of The Traditional Music Forum. Through international connections brought by our tutors and participants, we also enjoy and play Swedish, American, Eastern European, and even a Japanese tune, learning about the similarities and uniqueness of other traditional cultures alongside our own Scottish traditions.
“I learnt to play by ear, enjoyed playing together, met new people, and it encourages me to practice at home regularly.”
“It has been great to get a taste of different genres of music with such good teachers!”
Fun Fiddle on YouTube