MY pochette fiddle has been travelling with a friend, and it has made another mile high debut – this time on land at the Everest Base Camp in Tibet. This yak herder’s hut provides perfect shelter from the cool winds, although it’s hard to imagine what the locals would have thought of Irish music being played on this instrument.

Pochette at base camp

But the pochette held up well, travelling unprotected in a backpack all over Tibet and Nepal, and aside from a few tuning problems with enormous changes in temperature and humidity, the fiddle has held together and proved to be a practical portable instrument. My friends have been sending me ‘gnome’ pictures of the fiddle in exotic places. Watch this space for more 🙂