Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Statue of fiddler Gow nearing completion following festival fundraisers

A bronze statue of Strathbraan fiddler Niel Gow will be unveiled in March.
A bronze statue of Strathbraan fiddler Niel Gow will be unveiled in March.

A statue to commemorate a legendary Perthshire fiddler’s contribution to Scottish culture is nearing completion.

It is hoped the three-quarter size sculpture of Niel Gow will be erected in Dunkeld next year after fundraisers rallied to cement his place in history.

Born in the 18th Century, the Strathbraan musician played for the likes of Robert Burns and Bonnie Prince Charlie and his tunes remain the backbone of the Scottish country dancing circuit to this day.

A plaque was installed at the cottage where Gow spent his life in 1949 and his headstone in Little Dunkeld kirkyard was replaced in 1987, having fallen into disrepair.

Other than an engraved bench at Gow’s oak on the bank of the Tay, they are the only local tributes to the composer, who lived in the village of Inver.

The bronze statue is being created by Fife sculptor David Annand after the Niel Gow Festival was launched 16 years ago to raise funds for a memorial in the musician’s honour.

The likeness is being taken from two paintings, one forward facing and one showing the fiddler in profile.

It is hoped the finished work will be unveiled at next year’s festival.

Sculptor David Annand has completed the mould for the Niel Gow statue

Local musician Pete Clark released an album of songs played on one of Gow’s historic fiddles earlier this year, which has also helped raise money for the project.

He said: “The Niel Gow memorial continues to progress and we’re still aiming for installation and a grand unveiling on March 22, the Sunday of the Niel Gow Festival next year.

“The festival was set up to help raise money for a memorial and this year we had good numbers.Donations continue to trickle in and the fund continues to grow.

“Niel was born and died in March, so that’s when the festival is held. We’re hoping to unveil the statue at the end of next year’s festival. David has been very good to work with.”

Mr Clark said the Cross in Dunkeld was one location under consideration but the community would be involved in making the final decision.

“We’re looking to consult with local residents about where they think is best,” he said.

“He lived in Inver, but to put the statue there defeats the point of having it in a prominent position.

“We’ll have two or three more concerts before the next festival, hopefully.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]