The Cranston Fiddle – a multimedia project run by community group ‘Riddell Fiddles’ for the community
This is the story of a remarkable family and a remarkable fiddle. With text and narration by Haddington based Bob Mitchell (an author and historian) this production will feature musical pieces composed by Donald Knox especially for the project. The true story of a ‘Scottish Brothers in Arms’ and the sacrifices made during the First World War unfolds.
This story of loss is uniquely told from the perspective of the surviving fiddle and the traditional music it played and continues to play. The Cranston story is related in terms of the music of the time.
The project features fiddler, singers, guitarists, percussion, whistle and a small group of teenage musicians from Selkirk based Riddell Fiddles-www.riddellfiddles.co.uk with slides put together and presented by local photographer Ian Oliver www.ianoliverphoto.co.uk . The ‘Calling doon the Line’ by Hawick singer/songwriter Alan Brydon is beautifully delivered by Ron Hastings in an emotive rendering which summarises the awfulness of the euphemistically named ‘Great War’.
The fiddle will sing its story throughout in the beautiful tone it possesses.
Interwoven throughout the whole performance there is the message, out of all the sadness, of hope with the younger musicians participating and the fiddle singing in and out of the tunes.
Supported by a grant from the First World War Heritage Lottery fund this event will tour the village halls of the Scottish Borders and South of Scotland with a real human story of a local family – telling it through music and with a fiddle which has continued to play through the years and the sadness.
An open dress rehearsal will be held at the Argus centre, Selkirk on Sunday 25th May to which local people are invited. The show is expected to start at 1.15 pm and feedback will be encouraged (hopefully positive!)
Performances will be at the following venues with village hall performances on a donations only basis and a small charge to cover hire costs at the larger venues. Phone the dedicated phone to book a seat at 07719451444. The organisers are particularly keen to allow all who wish to attend this event. Pre-booked, free transport from set locations may be available on a first come, first served basis. Cranston Fiddle Dates – all donations are towards running costs with any excess going towards the Riddell Fiddles ‘junior ceilidh band’