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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 (Hector the Hero) 6/7 6.45-7.40pm
SMG Wednesday Slow Session (King of the Fairies) 8/7 7.30-8.30pm
Uke-Meet (Whistle for the Choir) 10/7 6.30-7.25pm


 A new five-week online class in mandolin starts on Monday 15th June. We'll be looking at various mandolin techniques, from chordal patterns and pentatonics to sound production and improvisation. Alongside technique, we'll be exploring music from around the world.

The class is open to anyone who has played for at least a few months, and would be of interest to players at an improvers or lower intermediate standard. Further details and schedule for the class can be seen on the Monday Mandolin page.

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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