ABOUT GREGOR BORLAND
Gregor grew up near Inverness in the Scottish highlands and started fiddle lessons with Donald Riddell at the age of 9. After several years and success in fiddle competitions all over Scotland, Donald sent him to continue his studies with Hector MacAndrew, an acclaimed fiddler in the north-eastern tradition. Both his teachers inspired and influenced his great love of highland pipe marches and stirring strathspeys.
After qualifying as a piano technician, Gregor lived and worked in Edinburgh for many years. He played and recorded with many great bands and artists, such as Kathryn Tickell, Davy Steele, Jim Malcolm and Burach. They toured extensively all over the UK and as far afield as Colombia, Australia and Russia.
Gregor began teaching while still in Scotland, but eventually moved to Spain with his wife and young family. He is passionate about passing on his musical heritage to the next generation of fiddle players, which is why he then started his own fiddle weeks, first in Spain and then also in Scotland.
Gregor is a patient, encouraging teacher who believes that music is made up of far more than just the bare notes of a tune. To really capture a musical language you have to understand the regional accents and all the things which go into making them unique. He focuses on the techniques which will really bring the tunes alive.
"Incredible, intensive courses with fiddler extraordinaire Gregor Borland - a man who lifts the kilt on Scottish music and shows you what's underneath (a lot)..." - JL Benyei