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Links recommended by Colin

Musicians & bands

Violin repair & restoration / Violin shops

  • Cardiff Violins are specialist string instrument dealers and repairers, with considerable in-depth knowledge and experience.
  • Dick Clarke, proprietor of Violins Etc, has been trading, repairing and restoring fiddles since he opened his first store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh back in the 1970s.
  • Stringers Music, the stringed instrument specialists in Edinburgh and London, provide exceptional service.

Events and Festivals

  • The Orkney Folk Festival is widely regarded as one of the most prolific and special throughout Scotland, the UK and further afield.
  • The St. Magnus International Festival is Orkney's annual celebration of the arts. Founded in 1977, the Festival has grown into one of Britain's most highly regarded and adventurous arts events.
  • The Shetland Folk Festival is the UK's most northerly folk festival and is regarded as a prestigious event by performers, locals and visitors alike.


  • The Strad: Essential reading for the string music world since 1890.
  • Strings Magazine: For players of violin, viola, cello, bass, and fiddle, and for string teachers and members of the trade.


  • Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has a small but superb collection of classical Italian violins and violas, fine English and Italian viols, and a significant collection of bows.
  • Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments has wind, bowed string and percussion instruments from all periods and places, with an emphasis on European instruments.


  • Orkneyjar, an extensive website covering the ancient history, folklore and traditions of Orkney.
  • VisitOrkney, the official tourism website for Orkney.

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