Pete Clark is one of Scotland’s finest fiddlers, Pete now lives in Perthshire not far from the birthplaces of the great Scottish fiddler Niel Gow. The beautiful Perthshire landscape has been the inspiration for many of Pete’s compositions.
In addition to his highly successful solo career, Pete has been a member of several notable bands including Heritage and Smeddum and is currently a member of the highly successful Benachally Ceilidh Band and the Niel Gow Ensemble.
Pete has performed and recorded with many famous musicians and bands including Dougie MacLean, Rod Paterson, Rab Noakes, Jim Malcolm, John Watt, Trilok Gurtu and Nazareth.
Pete’s debut CD ‘Fiddle Case’ was chosen as one of 1996’s albums of the year on BBC – Pete Clark – Scottish Fiddle Scotland’s ‘Travelling Folk’. His top-selling CD ‘Even Now’ features the music of Niel Gow whilst ‘Mackintosh at Murthly’ features the compositions of Robert Mackintosh. His most recent album ‘Now & Then’ showcases some of Pete’s compositions alongside a few gems from those of the great Scottish fiddle composers, Niel Gow, Willam Marshall and James Scott Skinner.
He directs his own biannual fiddle courses in the village of Birnam, coaches and conducts the Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society and is founder and director of the annual Niel Gow Festival, which earlier this year celebrated its 15th anniversary.
Pete has previously taught and performed in many countries including the USA, Canada and Japan, and is visiting lecturer on the fiddle music of Scotland at the University of St Andrews. He is also a regular contributor to “Fiddler Magazine”, published quarterly in the USA. Pete is also an instructor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Musicand Drama in Glasgow.
Review: Pete Clark– Niel Gow’s Fiddle
By Rob Adams Folk & Jazz critic Arts Ents 9th December 2017R
“The 18th-century Perthshire fiddler and composer Niel Gow can have had no bigger champion in modern times than Pete Clark. A Fifer who years ago settled not far from Gow’s home in Inver, near Dunkeld, Clark has devoted albums to Gow’s music, leads an ensemble named after him and for the past 17 years has directed an annual festival in Gow’s honour”
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