fiddler tipped to wow audiences
The Southland Times
July 12, 2000
A genuine Scottish fiddler has joined the cast of
Pipin' Hot this year and is giving even the fastest
pipers a run for their money.
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band's annual production
is due to open at Invercargill's Civic Theatre on Wednesday
next week for a seven-show season.
the guest acts is Sheena Naughton, a classically-trained
violinist whose forte is furiously fast fiddling.
in Sierra Leone, Naughton moved to Aberdeen, Scotland,
when she was three. She was seven when she began learning
violin at school.
nine or 10 I discovered fiddle music but my violin teacher
wouldn't let me play it because she said it was bad for
technique," she said.
really easy to recognise that's the fun stuff to play."
She gave the instrument away for a few years after leaving
school but while at university in Glasgow her temptation
for the fiddle was rekindled.
fiddlers were playing in a pub one day and she asked if
she could have a go. The Furious Fiddlers continued to
grow in size.
played at pubs and went busking. By the end of the year
they numbered about 25.
was about 25 when she moved to London, keeping up her
musical interest by joining a couple of chamber orchestras
and a folk club. Music was a good way of meeting people,
she said. Through the folk club she joined a band called
Howl at the Moon and started started doing regular gigs.
In 1995 they released a CD and in 1998 got their biggest
audience when they played at London's Theatre Royal.
year she holidayed in New Zealand, liked it and, after
returning home, applied for a job a Southern Health's
human resources manager.
moved here on a two-year permit in October, not knowing
again seemed the logical way to make friends and she found
herself in Masterpiece Music, owned by Brad MacClure.
They found they shared an interest in folk music and that
afternoon they were jamming with three or four others.
The group formalised as Weasel in the Dyke and has been
playing at various folk festivals and small gigs ever
invitation to perform in Pipin' Hot had offered a new
set of challenges, Ms Naughton said. It was the first
time she had played with bagpipes.
didn't think I'd be able to accommodate the pipe keys
so I've had to do quite a lot of work... that's been good
discipline for me." She loved pipe music and it has
reminded her of home_although she said there was more
Scottish culture in Southland than in England where she
has lived more recently.
Hot was her first big production and she was enjoying
being a part of it.
is brilliant," she said.