Emma takes home silver from the Mòd

Emma Morrison won silver medal at Mod
Emma Morrison won silver medal at Mod

Dalziel High pupil Emma Morrison won a silver medal in the under-13s Fiddle Category at the Royal National Mòd in Oban.

The 11-year-old from Netherton was taking part in her first Mòd and the competition saw her up against 11 other highly talented young musicians from across the country.

In Oban she played a set of tunes comprising of a slow air, a march, a strathspey and a reel as she tackled Will You Listen To Me My Brown Haired Maid, Donald Mackay From Upper Barvas, Highland Whiskey and The Sound Of Sleat.

Emma has played the fiddle since she was five-years-old and takes lessons with Glasgow based Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid, who is a member of the group Blazin’ Fiddles

She also attends the North Lanarkshire Schools Scottish Traditional Music Group and performs at the Stonehouse Accordion and Fiddle Club.

Her dad Iain said: “We’re not sure what made Emma decide to start playing the fiddle when she was younger, she just asked one day for one.

“You are never sure at that age whether they’ll stick with it, but she did and has put in a lot of hard work to get to the stage she is.

“If was great to see her performing at her first Mòd against such a high level of talent and especially with her being one of the youngest in the category we were so proud when they announced she’d won silver.”