BANCHORY VIOLIN TRAIL
8 May - 27 September 2021
We are delighted to be part of the Banchory Violin Trail which takes you on a journey around our beautiful town where you will encounter twelve individual pieces of art created by local artists.
The violins represent Banchory’s musical heritage, being the birth place of James Scott Skinner born in Banchory in 1843. Known as ‘The Strathspey King’ he is recognised as one of the greatest violinists and composers of Scottish traditional music, composing many tunes which are still played worldwide. Inspired by themes relating to local heritage, landscape, wildlife and folklore, each violin is a unique work of art.
The violin displayed in the window of FOLD Craft and Design Store at the Barn is by artist Astrid Björklund.
Lament of the Dead / Elegy
The violin is an instrument closely connected to death, a symbol to remind us of our own mortality. In some narratives it is seen as the devil’s instrument, as the seemingly supernatural skill required to play the violin to a virtuosic level led to the concept of having made a deal with the devil.
So naturally, the devil finds itself in many Scottish songs as well, including the ones of James Scott Skinner. ‘The Devil’s Dream’ (or the ‘Deil Among the Tailors’) is what sparked the idea of creating a piece connected not necessarily to the devil, but to the idea of death, danse macabre, and the history of the Resurrectionists in Banchory and Aberdeenshire. I work with incorporating storytelling into my artwork. Everything becomes more than just an object with a story attached to it, and the violin transformed into a sort of relic that represents these ideas of death; a relic that has no clear date of creation or place of origin, becoming a re-imagination of an object that was found in a grave all those years ago.
Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance for him as he plays his violin.
Don't miss Astrids violin which is on display in the window of FOLD Craft and Design Store at the Barn now!
As you discover each part of the trail, the artists information will give you an insight into the inspiration behind each violin.
We hope you enjoy exploring The Banchory Violin Trail!