Fun Fiddle adult classes Autumn 2020

As  we are still  in an uncertain phase, due to Coronavirus pandemic Fun Fiddle will offer a patchwork of small  group / one to one lessons face to  face, by arrangement, as well as online. These will be held in tutor’s  homes or online, as The Wash House venue remains closed at present. Payment and enrolment for lessons/ small groups can be arranged individually with tutors. See enrolment page.


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Fun Fiddle Zoom St Andrews Ceilidh coming up Sunday 29th  November 3.30pm

Join in, listen, dance, pour yourself your favourite drink and enjoy!

The event is  free but donations gratefully  received. All proceeds will be divided equally between Fun Fiddle to help us keep the organisation going, and SAFE PASSAGE , a not for profit organisation that supports unaccompanied child refugees in finding safety and support.


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Fiddle classes in Portobello, Edinburgh

Fun Fiddle classesFun Fiddle classes are based at The Wash House, in the heart of Portobello, Edinburgh. Fun Fiddle caters for adults and children, in groups and one to one lessons.

It’s never too late to learn to play the fiddle!


About Fun Fiddle

Fun Fddle ceilidhFun 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.

Alongside weekly classes, and one to one lessons for children and adults, 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.

Big Coastal Ceilidh November 2015

Big Coastal Ceilidh November 2015

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

The Portobello Music Train
St Andrew’s Night ceilidh
Porty Prom 2013

Bealach fFddle RetreatFiddle Workshops

We collaborate with String Circle fiddle workshops who complement our weekly classes with occasional one-day fiddle workshops and residential fiddle retreats.