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Nigel photoI am a professional musician, and have been involved in the performing, teaching, collecting and publishing of Scottish traditional music for thirty years. In 2017 I was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. I feel I inspire people around the world with an infectious (ahem) way of transmitting music.

As well as informing people of my teaching activities, this website provides resources for the learning of traditional music, with tunes in various formats, tutorials, articles and downloads. Visiting my on-line store introduces you to the growing catalogue of my books, while the forum allows discussion of music with like-minded enthusiasts.


GFW Monday Slow Session

Just One Uke

The Whistle Stop
 SMG Wednesday Slow Session


While the current crisis continues, I have moved some of my classes, sessions and workshops online using the Zoom app. My weekly workshops and sessions are open to everyone; click the images on the right for further details on how to join them. For quick access to what's happening over the next week, use the links below.
Session Name Date Time
GFW Monday Slow Session (Hot Punch) 25/5 6.45-7.30pm
Just One Uke 6 (1950s Songs) 26/5 4.00-4.45pm
Whistle Stop 5 (Jigs) 27/5 4.00-4.45pm
SMG Wednesday Slow Session (Willafjord) 27/5 7.30-8.30pm
Mandomania 7 (Mandolin Influences) 28/5 4.00-4.45pm
Uke-Meet 11 (I Can't Fly) 29/5 6.30-7.25pm


 Hot off the press is the first of a new series of books of music and song from various locals. The introductory volume is all about Edinburgh, her places, her history, her characters. In the book you'll find the story of Daft Jamie, one of Burke & Hare's final victims; Colonel Robert A Smith, the young Edinburgh man who fought in the American Civil War; the dandy of Princes Street; the lassies o' the Canongate, the lads o' Leith, and the Loyal Edinburgh Spearmen.

Waifs & Strays of Edinburgh Melody & Song

Resources Workshops Classes
 The Pigpipe Press  Nigel Gatherer's Tune Collection
 Wednesday Slow Session  Nigel Gatherer's Tune of the Week
 The Scottish Mandolin
 The Scottish Whistle
 The Scottish Slow Session
 Gatherer's Musical Museum
 Just One Uke
 The Whistle Stop
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 Uddingston Musicfest
 Celtic Connections
 Uddingston Musicfest
 Highland Ukulele Gathering
 GFW Online
 Nigel Gatherer's Mandolin Lessons
 Morning Mixed Instrument
 Slow Session Class
 Craigroyston Music
 Crieff Ukulele Lessons  Crieff Community Band
Mandolin Classes
GFW Improvers Mandolin Mon, Glasgow
NGMS Beginners Mandolin Tues, Edinburgh
NGMS Intermediate Mandolin Tues, Edinburgh

Mixed Instrument Groups
SMG Morning Mixed Wed, Edinburgh
SMG Slow Session Wed, Edinburgh
Crieff Community Band Fri, Crieff

Misc Classes
CW Beginners Whistle Class Thur, Edinburgh
CW Improvers Whistle Class Thur, Edinburgh
Mandolin from Scratch Step-by-step guide
Whistle from Scratch Step-by-step guide

Tunes & Songs
Tunes Index
Scottish Music
Irish Music
Ukulele Songs

Nigel's Catalogue
Tune Indexes
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Nigel Gatherer
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