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  The Last Waltz
Posted by: Alcluith - 22-01-2018, 11:56 AM - Forum: Other Music - Replies (5)

I am posting this one primarily for John Kelly, to ask him a really big favour.

My Wife's grandfather died when she was only seven but remembers that he regularly played piano at family gatherings.  After her mother's death we discovered some old  hand written music books including some original tunes and words written by him.

I have tried to transfer a couple into mandolin tabs and I have attached my attempt at his tune "The Last Waltz" which we believe was written by him for his wife about when the first met.   He also wrote an alternative to Loch Lomond for a newspaper competition which he came in second, not bad for a Geordie. ( I have attached this as well, just for interest) as I feel both are very much in the style of the time written around late 20s early 30s and would welcome your thoughts. 

My request for John is would you consider playing this for my wife, on your YouTube channel to allow her to heard it properly rather than my poor attempts? 


Drew Davidson

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.pdf   Loch Lomond NU Man.pdf (Size: 993.38 KB / Downloads: 3)
.pdf   The Last Waltz.pdf (Size: 288.39 KB / Downloads: 6)
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  Kerr's Negro Jig
Posted by: Alistair - 30-12-2017, 12:10 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - No Replies

Got the CD for Christmas which contains this track:
The sleeve notes say it's from the 1870 edition of Kerr's Collection of Merry Melodies, which features several "negro jigs".
Maybe though it has other names, as it seems kind of familiar. It's a great tune anyway.

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  SMG Slow Session Class Term 21b (Jan-Mar 2018)
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 13-12-2017, 11:45 AM - Forum: SMG Slow Session Class - No Replies

I have scheduled the coming term for the Slow Session class, and the music is available to download through my website at this page. The sets we're looking at are:

  • If I Had Maggie in the Woods/Tralee Gaol (Irish polkas)
  • Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside (2/4 marches)
  • Margaret’s Waltz/Kate Martin’s Waltz (waltzes)
  • The Ale is Dear/High Road to Linton (reels)
  • Out On the Ocean/The Lilting Banshee (Irish jigs)
  • Lay Dee at Dee/Da Ferry Reel (Shetland reels)
  • Castles in the Air/Orange and Blue (schottisches)
  • Off to California/The Liverpool Hornpipe (hornpipes)
  • Hector the Hero (lament)
I know that some people will know some of these already, but it will do no harm to re-do them.

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  Aros Park
Posted by: Alistair - 27-11-2017, 04:25 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (8)

Have been trying to find the music for Aros Park for a friend. It's a 4-part 2/4 pipe march we play in the Sandy Bell's moothie group (along with John Macdonald's March).
Searching the internet reveals (along with a lot of guides and trip reports to the actual park) that it's in a collection of Addie Harper tunes, which I may buy as a last resort, but if anyone already has the dots that would be greatly appreciated.
It's a great tune tune with a very pleasing twist in the third part.

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  New Website
Posted by: Alcluith - 25-11-2017, 01:03 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - Replies (3)


I have noticed that in your website the access to the tunes section comes up with error when you try to open it.

Have you made it private? so we have to login to gain access?

hope alls well with you.


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Music 2 ToM 95: Bonny Lassie Take a Man
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 20-11-2017, 11:17 AM - Forum: Tune of the Month - Replies (2)

Tune of the Month 95: Bonny Lassie Take a Man

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This tune comes from Walsh’s Caledonian Country Dances (1740), published at a time when Scottish music was enjoying great popularity in London.

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Music 2 TOM 94: 14th October
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 18-10-2017, 06:21 AM - Forum: Tune of the Month - Replies (6)

TOM 94: 14th October

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This tune is old, appearing in several early 18th Century collections, indicating that it’s probably from the 1600s. The significance of the date is unknown, although it could simply be because it’s St Crispin’s Day, or perhaps the birth of King James VIIth.

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  Annie McKelvie
Posted by: Alcluith - 15-10-2017, 09:49 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (3)

I have been trying to get the tabs for the above folk tune by Ian Ingram with very little success.
 I came across this ABC in the Mudcat forum but I am not sure, listening to it,  that it is correct. I was hoping that some of you, with a better ear, would be able to advise.

T:Annie McKelvie
C:Iain Ingram
K: D
F/2-E/2| D2 F/2G/2| A3/2 z/2 B/2c/2| d G3/2 B/2| B/2 A3/2 z/2 B/2| A/2 E
3/2 F| G B A| A3| z2 F/2E/2| D2 F/2G/2| A2 B/2c/2| d/2 G3/2 B| B/2 A3/2
z/2 A/2| A3/2 B/2 A| G F E| D3| z2 F/2G/2| F E3/2 F/2| G z A/2G/2| F F G
| A z A| ^G2 G/2A/2| B/2 e3/2 D| d c B| c z A/2A/2| d2 e/2d/2| d c B| B
A G| F z A| A2 E/2F/2| G2 F/2E/2| E/2 D2-D/2-|D2|| 



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  a Pleasant Sunday Afternoon with the Strathspey King
Posted by: Jack Campin - 25-09-2017, 11:06 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - No Replies

It's 1916, and Scott Skinner plays to support the Red Cross at a gig in Newtongrange organized by the Pleasant Sunday Afternoons Brotherhood, a local temperance organization.

Did the PSA operate elsewhere?


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  Norman Maclean RIP
Posted by: JAJ - 03-09-2017, 03:26 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - No Replies

Norman Maclean has passed away.


What is the relevance here, you may ask? However, he composed this classic tune


played in many sessions throughout the land.

Condolences to Norman's friends and family.

Incidentally, do we know of any other tunes composed by Norman? 

I recall Jack once saying that Scarce of Tatties and Streets of Laredo were from the same family of tunes...both derivatives of an older tune, apparently.

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