Welcome to the Blackford Fiddle Group web site


Blackford Fiddle Group (BFG) is a community music group with members of all ages and abilities. We meet weekly on Fridays in Blackford, Perthshire to learn and play traditional music on fiddles and other instruments. BFG provides support to people as they learn and members are encouraged to help each other. We offer some basic tuition and sometimes hire tutors to help us.  BFG plays to entertain others at ceilidhs, concerts and other events.

Most people enjoy playing music no matter when they start learning. We try to make learning easy and good fun. Previous experience is not required; there are no tests or auditions. We teach people to play by ear but can also provide music books if you want one. We can even lend you a fiddle.

The group was set up in 1996 and over the years has had hundreds of members; ages from 6 to over 80.  Many have become expert players and most gain enough confidence to play to entertain others.  We all learn from each other and it is our better players that most often support beginners and improvers.

In 2015 we passed a major milestone with our 600th gig

If you are thinking of learning the best thing to do is to come along and to give it a try.  If you can play already then you will immediately be able to join in.
Use the links above to find out where we meet (BFG Sessions). We also have a news page

We have a music page with hundreds of tunes.
Also help pages (link on the left)

As well as fiddles, we have flutes, guitars, whistles, small pipes, harmonica, concertina, bass,  cellos and occasionally other instruments.

BFG has two music books for members. The Wee Music Book has
80 tunes for beginners and intermediates, all in special helpful colour notation.  The Big Ceilidh Book has 340 tunes many in sets for ceilidh dances, dance calling instructions and lots of information about how we run the group.



 18th Anniversary
                          Ceilidh 2014

  18th Anniversary Ceilidh 2014

     Blackford from the air
      Blackford from the air 2006

Support from others

BFG is largely self-funding.  We play gigs for donations and ceilidhs for fees to pay for what we do. We have also received grants for special projects, workshops and away weekends for under 18s and adults.  Grants have been awarded by the National Lottery, through Awards for All Scotland, Foundation Scotland and Auchterarder and District Community Trust.   In 2009 BFG participated in the Stirling Area Community Music Project funded by Scottish Arts Council.  For details visit www.communitymusic.org.uk.  

Blackford Community Fund
Funded by the Blackford Community Fund administered by Foundation Scotland
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