Any Musical Instruments passed down in your Family?
I was just wondering how common family instruments are, amongst the members here?
Does anyone here have a Musical Instrument that has been passed down in their Family?
My Great Grandfather, was born in 1863 in Crichton, back in the days when they called it Edinburghshire!
He was a Fiddler & worked as a Ploughman & it’s kind of neat to think of him playing the Fiddle in the old Scottish Farm Bothies. Anyway, when my Grandad was born, in 1888, he was working at Ormiston Mains in the Parish of Borthwick, but he ended his days in Tranent.
Like his father before him, my Grandad played the Fiddle & he also played the Pipes. I have no idea what happened to his Pipes, but I do have & play my Great Grandfather’s Fiddle, which is a wonderful feeling. My Grandad gave the Fiddle to me when I was 23 & I’ve been scratching away at it, ever since!
As so often happens though, the music skipped a generation, for my own father showed absolutely no interest in music. However, my Mum was very musical & although she never had the opportunity to learn to play, it was she who spotted my interest in music & encouraged me.
Thankfully my son is also a full time musician & although he plays Jazz, he at least has a love of music & will, I am sure, pass the family Fiddle on down through the generations, till another Fiddler surfaces to make it sing!
In truth, it is not a brilliant instrument, but as you can imagine, I wouldn’t swop that Fiddle for any money, not even for a Stradivarius!
Despite what the Donald Trumps of this World might think ……. money CAN’T buy everything!