In 2013 I went to play the bass viol in the Harris Festival in the Outer Hebrides.
I love the bass viol and I'm keen to play that instrument and its music in far flung places, or anyplace where a viol hasn't been sighted recently.
I played unaccompanied viol music every day at the Inky Cuttlefish Studios during the E17 Art Trail 2015 and 2017.
Wherever I go with my viol, folk are so curious about it. For the classical music aficionado it is
no mystery; to many it is a strange and
Have viol, will travel!
Here I am in St. Clements church in Rodel on the Isle of Harris, after a short recital of pieces by Captain Tobias Hume. The church is known as Tùr Chliamhainn in Scottish Gaelic, meaning Clement's Tower. It was built in the fifteenth century.
Playing here was such a joy, I could have done the whole thing again just to revel in the beautiful sound of the building.
PHOTO: Martin Myers.