The actual playing went OK. Not perfect but the feedback from colleagues was good. I felt I played the Shetland reel as well as I had ever played it - its very exposed much of it solo - with improvisation. But it was great and I enjoyed playing it.
Everyone who played did well.
Its good to have it behind and to start new material. I am going to play a lament next time, as well as a slow Strathspey and reel. I am concentrating on tone, bowing and am practising vibrato. There are very mixed views about vibrato in folk. Many think it should never be used. But I think I should have it in my toolbox.
I went down to the Sage yesterday for a workshop on English folk tunes with Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead fiddler). One tip he gave,( in turn from Dave Swarbrick - amazing English fiddler and songwriter) was the open string vibrato. How great is that? Dave Swarbrick doesn't like fourth fingers but does use vibrato sometimes so he has developed this technique. Its really useful.
We did some good tunes, some technique - imposing different rhythms onto tunes. Here is a Youtube or Bellowhead with Sam on the fiddle.