If you play the fiddle, take a look at this. It was written in 1922, practically a century ago. William Honeyman is all but forgotten now. He talks about Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner in an unashamedly anecdotal style. But the stories themselves might be worth sharing next time you're introducing a Gow strathspey at a gig.
Fifteen pages to 'favourite' (They're already in my Diigo bookmarks!):-
Honeyman wrote a Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor, too - we have it in the Whittaker Library. We blogged about it in the context of Newcastle fiddle reels, not so long ago. Read that blogpost here.