A Fiddle-Stick is what us musicians commonly refer to as a bow – the wooden stick with hair attached to it which we draw across the strings to produce a sound.
Another meaning of Fiddle-Stick is a traditional instrument used to add percussion to old-time and Cajun fiddle music, allowing two people to play the fiddle at the same time. While the fiddler plays in normal fashion, a second person uses a pair of straws, sticks, or knitting needles to tap out a rhythm on the strings over the upper fingerboard (between the bow and the fingers).
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This sounds unusual but intriguing and although we don’t promise to bring a Fiddle-Stick to each of our performances, we do promise to make them memorable. You’ll hear us play lots of modern rock and pop music – unusual for a string group – and we promise you’ll love it!!!
All of the music has been arranged by owner and cellist Russell Bartholomew. He has a passion for playing and arranging funky, up-to-date music from the present as well as pop and boogie classics from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s. You’ll recognise all of the tunes and our funky, rhythmic sound will be the subject of many a conversation at your event.
(MMus, MSc, PgDipMus, BMus hons)
Russell gained his undergraduate degree at Birmingham Conservatoire before moving to Glasgow and completing further study at the RSAMD where he gained a PgDip in music performance and a MMus in performance. Russell has been a member of the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet and has freelanced around Scotland. He enjoys playing with many amateur dramatic societies around the country as well as his part-time teaching role.
Stewart McMurdo is a freelance violist and also teaches violin and viola. Stewart gained a B.Mus(hons.) degree from Glasgow university before studying for a year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then named RSAMD.) Stewart has played with many orchestras including Scottish Opera and the Scottish Concert Orchestra and very much enjoys playing chamber music. He is also a qualified ski instructor and enjoys learning German.
David studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, from there he went on to perform with some of the country’s leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic. He was invited to lead the band for the Cameron Mackintosh UK tour of Oliver! Future plans will include the launch of the Scottish Pops Orchestra.
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