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: The Queen's Fiddler

Reminiscences of Willie Blair, who wielded a strong bow and a rough tongue on Deeside during Queen Victoria's reign

Deeside has produced many fiddlers of the old school but none better known than Willie Blair, who for half a century was a privileged player at Balmoral. Born in 1794, he early abandoned his trade of carpenter and adopted fiddling as his profession, though it was not until Queen Victoria bought Balmoral that he came under royal patronage.
For most of the rest of the nineteenth century he was recognised as the official performer of dance music at the royal palace. Deeside is full of stories of his sayings, many of which indicate that he had a guid conceit o' himsel'. Tonight's programme is largely the work of Alec Sim, who, having himself fiddled at many a Balmoral ball, has heard more anecdotes of his famous predecessor than most people.


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