Norfolk Collegiate Sixth-Grader Ambitious Fiddle Career

When you ask a sixth-grader what he likes to do, you might expect to hear about video games, sports or running around with friends. But Norfolk Collegiate’s Colin McGlynn ’25 spends most of his free time playing the fiddle in preparation for national competitions.

Colin lives in Old Towne Portsmouth where he practices Celtic fiddle for at least an hour every day. He’s had to prepare for competitions like America’s Got Talent—where he competed at the local level and made it to the second round—and national competitions like the Virginia Scottish Games Scottish Fiddle Competition where he placed first in the junior division in 2017.

This year, Colin won the fiddle competition at the Virginia Scottish Games and went on to the national competition where he took third. He’s gone as far as Scotland—where his family hails from—to compete against fellow fiddlers.

He’s been playing the fiddle since he was four years old, after asking his parents for a violin at age three, and has been entertaining the masses ever since.

When asked what sparked his interest in the fiddle, Colin credits his grandfather, a fiddle-player himself who performs with a group called Glasgow Kiss.

Colin loves performing at weddings and most recently performed at the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk and Winter Wonderland in Portsmouth.

Being able to play music by ear, Colin is a truly passionate musician. “I don’t really have a favorite song,” said Colin. “Whatever I’m playing, that’s my favorite song.”