Fiddle player remembered

Jonny Hardie and the Cape Breton Fiddlers play tunes in front of Broomwood Cottage where Alexander Walker used to live
Jonny Hardie and the Cape Breton Fiddlers play tunes in front of Broomwood Cottage where Alexander Walker used to live

Glenbuchat and Strathdon not only saw the return of the fiddle music of Alexander Walker to the glens recently, but also a visit by his great-great-granddaughter from the United States.

Mary Walker LaCasse heard about the Heritage Fiddle Day in honour of the acclaimed Rhynie-born fiddle player and decided to fly for the first time to Scotland - to the delight of the event’s organisers.

Glenbuchat Eclectic Events and the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention organised the heritage day, which featured a fiddle bus from Aberdeen, workshops, walks and a concert.

In his lifetime, Walker composed nearly 200 fiddle tunes with local titles such as Braes of Newe, The Lonach Country Dance and Balmoral Castle.

One of the activities on the heritage day was a musical walk to where he used to live and work in Strathdon.