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Peter McCarthy

Bass Viol

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'm playing unaccompanied viol music very day at the Inky Cuttlefish Studios during the E17 Art Trail 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

exotic instrument.

 

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.    

Peter McCarthy performing on bass violone at Rodel Church