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Siân Phillips - fiddle

Siân Phillips - fiddle

Wedding Fiddler

In many countries around the world, it has been a tradition to have a fiddle player at a wedding.


Some records show that the fiddler would be dressed in funeral attire and would escort the bride from her home to the church. Then from the litchgate up to the church and down the aisle, leading the bride and her father to the groom.


The reasoning behind the attire would have been to confuse the devil and evil spirits.


This would also have been done at handfastings, to the edge of the circle, to meet the Celebrant and hand over the Bride and Groom into his/her charge for the ceremony.


The music played by the fiddler would have been traditional to the country or the time.


Sian has played numerous traditional weddings and has been requested to play the Bridal party's special requests, e.g.


  • Daisy Bell

  • Tabhair Dom Do Lamh - Give me your hand (Ire)

  • Dawns y Pistyll - Waterfall Waltz (Wales)

  • Merch Megan (Wales)

  • Mairie's Wedding (Scot)

  • Where ye go lassie (Scot)