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Music 2 Kitty High
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 19-06-2017, 10:38 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (3)

I was listening to a Jimmy Shand recording and this tune took my fancy. It has elements of many tunes, but I haven't investigated much to see if it exists under a different name. I have changed the penultimate bar because Jimmy's setting goes up to the high c note.

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  Congatulations, Nigel
Posted by: JAJ - 24-05-2017, 01:11 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - Replies (1)

On being inducted to the Scottish Hall of Fame   https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/hal...-gatherer/

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  Klezmer events, Edinburgh/Doune, 26-28 May
Posted by: Jack Campin - 28-04-2017, 01:43 PM - Forum: Other Classes, Workshops, Events - Replies (1)

I hope this doesn't clash with anything Nigel's doing.  (Hint: a calendar on the home page would help).

The (nameless) Edinburgh klezmer group are organizing a weekend of events in Edinburgh and Doune on 26-28 May.

- klezmer ceilidh on Friday 26th (tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/klezmer-k...4033339635)

- workshop on playing for dancing on Saturday 27th (10am-midday, Artisan Bar, Abbeyhill)

- similar events in Doune on Saturday night and Sunday morning (flyers will be added when I get them).

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  Mixter Maxter 9 - SoundCloud
Posted by: John Kelly - 13-04-2017, 09:37 AM - Forum: Nigel Gatherer's Workshops - No Replies

Just been on SoundCloud and note that Nigel has posted four tunes from the Mixter Maxter 9 Workshop. I was not an attendee but the tunes are there for all to have a listen to.

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  want to play for Appalachian stepdance?
Posted by: Jack Campin - 02-04-2017, 10:39 AM - Forum: Old Time Music - Replies (2)

The Appalachian clogging group "Kick the Cat" practice every Tuesday at 7.30, Dean Bowling Club, Comely Bank.  Good venue with the cheapest beer in Edinburgh.

They're looking for someone to play live for them.  I could, but I do klezmer every second Tuesday and I wouldn't want to do that kind of music solo.

Anybody up for it?

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  The Gathering 2017
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 05-03-2017, 08:51 PM - Forum: Nigel Gatherer's Workshops - Replies (1)

My annual meet in Crieff is happening on 20th May, the day before my 60th birthday. I can't believe it, but I'll be very glad to be around!

I've just finished The Gathering tune book (which is the "ticket" for the event), and for a wee while you can download it for free from:


Hope it's of interest. (Tab versions will follow, but I'm exhausted...)

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  Jim Reid Tunes
Posted by: Alcluith - 08-02-2017, 11:36 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (25)

I have been searching for the music for two of Jim reid's songs The Wild Geese/Noran Wind" and  "Up the Noran Water"  I can get the words and chords but cannot find anywhere the music either as sheet music or in a book  Any Ideas?



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  Celtic Connections Big Slow Session
Posted by: John Kelly - 21-01-2017, 10:05 PM - Forum: Nigel Gatherer's Workshops - No Replies

Just letting you all know what a great afternoon we had in the Royal Concert Hall this afternoon (Saturday 21st January) at Nigel's workshop.  Record number of players - eighty were counted excluding Nigel - and many different instruments.  People came from far and wide, the furthest being from Spain, and we were taken through three different tunes in Nigel's usual laid-back and totally encouraging style of teaching.

A big thanks from all for a great day, Nigel.

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  who plays fifes in B?
Posted by: Jack Campin - 18-01-2017, 05:22 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (7)

I got a fife in the Greenside car boot sale last weekend.  I can't judge the sizes of fifes and my phone has gone phut so I didn't have a tuner; figured it was going to be in B flat, D or D flat and didn't really care which.

It turned out to be in B, which I wasn't expecting.  It's a Miller Browne plastic one, obviously made on a production line to meet a standard.  (Basic, but it works).

But what standard?  Who uses that pitch?  The BBs maybe?

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  Plastic G recorders for sale
Posted by: Jack Campin - 17-01-2017, 01:13 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - No Replies

I have three Susato G recorders surplus to requirements.  I've had them for many years and if you've heard me play you've probably heard them.  Two are altos and one is a sopranino (I'm keeping one of the two sopraninos I have).

Selling because I now have three wooden G altos, two wooden G sopraninos, and a bunch of G ocarinas in both pitches, so I don't still need these.  The wooden recorders are far easier to play in the high register, though much more expensive; the ocarinas are more dramatic in their sound and cost about the same as the Susatos new, but they're heavy, fragile and harder to play.

The point of a G recorder is that its range is a good match for Scottish music - you can play the 9-note pipe scale without overblowing using fingerings that will feel familiar to anyone who knows the pipes, and like the pipes, Renaissance models like the Susato are powerful at the bottom end.  They also cover most of the first-position range of a fiddle and you can do a lot of fiddle tunes that don't fit on a C recorder/D whistle/flute.  (I tried to persuade George Kelischek to market them in tartan plastic to indicate their most appropriate market niche.  He didn't get it).

They have the advantage over a whistle that you can turn on a sixpence to move between A major and A minor.  Hardly any half-holing required.

Physically, the Susatos are just the same as Susato whistles, but with the holes in different places.  This gives them some of the same issues as the whistles - the high end plays harsh and flat unless you know what you're doing (e.g. washing up liquid and the rubber O-ring trick).  Fingering is Renaissance-style, a little bit different to what standard school recorders use, but easy to adjust to.

These are a bit hard to get hold of in shops.  Let me know if you're interested.

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