Top violin donated to Highland charity draw By Richard Rooney August 21 2014, 12.40pm Share Top violin donated to Highland charity draw Share via Facebook Twitter Whatsapp Messenger Linkedin Email Post link https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands-islands/321958/top-violin-donated-to-highland-charity-draw/ Copy Link The widow of one of Scotland’s best-loved musicians has donated one of her late husband’s fiddles to a Highland charity draw to raise money for cancer. The instrument will be put into a prize draw in aid of two charities at the Ian Hardie Memorial Concert during the Nairn Book and Arts Festival. Ian Hardie was a talented fiddler and a prolific composer, who had been at the forefront of Scottish fiddling since the early 1970s. He lived with his wife Viv in Nairn, until his death aged 59 in 2012 following a battle with cancer. Mrs Hardie is donating the instrument to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity and Marie Curie Cancer Care. A member of Jock Tamson’s Bairns, The Occasionals and Highland Connection, Mr Hardie collaborated with many well-known musicians who will play at a concert on Wednesday, September 3. Members of the three groups will feature alongside ceilidh trio the Ghillies, together with Duncan Chisholm, Mike Vass, Margaret Stewart, and Hamish Moore. Concertgoers will be invited to donate to the charities, giving them an opportunity to win the fiddle. The Nairn Book and Arts Festival takes place between September 2-7.