Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra

The Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is the performing group of the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club.  Under the direction of Neil Pearlman the orchestra performs arrangements of various Scottish and Cape Breton tunes.  In addition to their own Gala concert the fiddle orchestra performs at various festivals and events including the New Hampshire Highland Games, BCMFest and NEFFA (New England Folk Festival).

Performances/Special Events – 2017/18

Neil Pearlman

September 15, 16 & 17 –  New Hampshire Highland Games, Lincoln NH

November 12- Canadian American Club gala, Sunday afternoon

The group includes fiddles, guitars, mandolins, flutes, piano and other instruments.

If you are interested in having the orchestra perform at your event contact Katharine MacPhail.


Join the Orchestra!

If you are interested in joining the orchestra contact Katharine for information and rehearsal locations.  If you are unsure if your instrument would fit in contact Katharine.  We are open to a variety instruments.  Rehearsals are held in the Arlington/Lexington area on select Thursdays.

2017 Fall schedule of rehearsals with Neil

August 31
September 7
September 14
September 28
October 5
November 2
November 9
*Additional optional rehearsals may be held on the alternate Thursday evenings without Neil.

All members of the Orchestra are members of the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club.

Orchestra Dues
Please let Katharine know that you plan to continue.  Send $60 for the  year.  You can pay online on the “How to Join” page.  Or you can make the check out to Boston Scottish Fiddle Club  and send it to Christine Tessier, 37 Wendell St., #22, Cambridge, MA 02138 or give it to Christine at an upcoming rehearsal.
 To join or renew your BSFC membership you can pay online on the “How to Join” page OR make a check out to Boston Scottish Fiddle Club  and send it to Christine Tessier, 37 Wendell St., #22, Cambridge, MA 02138 or give it to Christine at an upcoming rehearsal, OR go to the “How To Join” page on this website to pay online.
Annual memberships (Sept. – August) are $35 Youth, $50 Individual, $70 Family.

The Back Story

On a cool April evening in Lexington, MA 15-20 fiddlers, guitarists, mandolinists and one flute player are gathered into a large living room tuning up. The Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra is getting ready to rehearse. Led by pianist Neil Pearlman (“a tremendous pianist” –BBC Radio Scotland), the BSFO is a new performance group associated with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Founded more than 30 years ago the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club has long been an important part of the Boston Celtic music scene, sponsoring workshops, sessions and concerts in order to spread the appreciation of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music. From 1981 to 1999, fiddler Ed Pearlman (Neil’s father) directed the club, coordinating and planning events and leading a performance group made up of BSFC members in an annual concert series called the Boston Scottish Fiddle Rally, which featured major international fiddling soloists such as Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser and Ali Bain. In the 2000’s the performance side of the club became less active, until the Orchestra was launched this year. Bringing in Ed’s son Neil to direct the group, the Club has renewed its commitment to bring great Scottish music to the Boston community.