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Book The Scottish Music Maker
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 04-12-2016, 06:06 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (12)

Many years ago I discovered a book in the Music Room in Edinburgh's Central Library called "The Scottish Music Maker". Published in 1957, it was compiled by J Murdoch Henderson and consists of 84 tunes composed by James Scott Skinner, arranged in sets and hand-written by Henderson himself (although the originals would have been reproduced for printing). Back then I scanned the whole book and got it bound so I could have my own copy; not an easy job, because the pages are larger than A4.

Earlier this year I was trawling through charity shops and found an original copy of the book for £2.50. I couldn't believe it, and I knew it was a rare find because in all my years of looking through junk shops for music, I've NEVER seen another copy. I tried to stay calm, handed over my money and left the shop before anyone could say it was a mistake.

I mentioned the book to Jack Campin in the pub the other night, and he asked for a copy. Since I now have an original, I've clipped the wire binding on my copied version and scanned it. Those of you wishing a copy can download it from

The Scottish Music Maker

Let me know what you think.

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  B flat anyone?
Posted by: Jack Campin - 02-12-2016, 04:25 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (5)

These days, you rarely see anyone at session with just one diatonic instrument.  Fiddles, accordions and guitars predominate; I'm often the only woodwind player present.  Moothie players always have a few different keys available.  So, apart from whistle and smallpipe players, everybody can play in pretty near any key you'll find in the older collections.  (Smallpipe players never play on every tune anyway, and D whistles are routinely cut out of the action when tunes drop to the G string).

But session keys are more restricted than they used to be: zero to three sharps.  And collections like Nigel's are reflecting that; he used to have flat key tunes and doesn't any more.  There seems no good reason for it, and the variety of tone you get by extending the range of keys makes for a more audience-friendly sound.

This isn't the way professionals do it, either - it's not like this is a general trend in Scottish music.  Alasdair Fraser does sets in C minor and Adam Sutherland's best known tune is in B.

(And for whistle players: just about any music shop will have whistles in seven or eight different keys for a few quid, it's not like getting beyond D is a huge problem).

Do we really want to end up like the English scene where absolutely everything is in G or D?

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  Lament for Nurse Cavell
Posted by: Jack Campin - 01-12-2016, 07:06 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (1)

This came up in a Mudcat thread.  I wouldn't say it's a lost masterpiece but it may fit in to somebody's WW1 commemoration plans.


Code:
X:1
T:Lament for Nurse Cavell
C:Jas. Wilson, Pipe Major, Q.V.S. Dunblane
M:C
L:1/8
Q:1/4=60
K:Hp
{g}AB|{GdG}c2 {GdG}c>B    {gBd}B2   {e}A2    |{Adc}d2      f2 {gcd}c4 |\
      {gef}e2   {A}ef      {gf}g2 {afg}fe    |  {g}A2 {GdG}c2 {gBd}B4 |
      {GdG}c2 {GdG}c>B    {gBd}B2   {e}A2    |{Adc}d2      f2 {gef}e4 |\
       {ag}a2   {f}gf     {gef}e2 {gcd}ce    |  {g}A2 {GdG}B2   {g}A4||
       {ag}a2   {f}gf      {ag}a2      e{gf}g|{afg}f2 {Adc}d2  {ag}a4 |\
        {f}g2   {a}e{gf}g {afg}f2 {Adc}df    |{gef}e2   {g}A2 {gBd}B4 |
      {GdG}c2 {GdG}c>B    {gBd}B2   {e}A2    |{Adc}d2      f2 {gef}e4 |\
       {ag}a2   {f}gf     {gef}e2 {gBd}ce    |  {g}A2 {GdG}B2   {g}A4|]


There is also a song version which is bloody awful.



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  Lament for Abercairney
Posted by: Alcluith - 29-11-2016, 12:22 PM - Forum: GFW Improvers Mandolin - Replies (3)

All,

found this nice rendering of this weeks tune "Lament for Abercairney" by David Hanson

https://youtu.be/A50ewNBwEHc

hope you like it Smile

regards

Alcluith

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  Nigel Gatherer's Mandolin Chords
Posted by: Alcluith - 28-11-2016, 01:50 PM - Forum: GFW Improvers Mandolin - Replies (1)

I hope Nigel remembers to bring a long a few copies of his Mandolin Chords for us tonight. Be good have a copy in my Case.  Big Grin

alcluith

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  Sharing of Mandolin Tunes
Posted by: Alcluith - 15-11-2016, 10:39 AM - Forum: GFW Improvers Mandolin - Replies (1)

To all fellow GFW Improver mandolinists.

Nigel has kindly shared a lot of Mandolin tablature and information with us, plenty for budding players to being going on with. But maybe you have a particular tune that you would like to play on the mandolin but you haven't got the tabs. Well I have limited resources that enable me to convert your dots into tablature, so if you want a piece "tabbed" then either post it here or send me a person message with the dots attached.

Drew
Alcluith

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Video Dunecht House!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 15-11-2016, 06:16 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - No Replies

Dunecht House, also known as The Countess of Crawford!

This Slow Strathspey, was composed by Peter Milne. 

Played here on Fiddle, English Concertina, Mandolin, Whistle & Hammered Dulcimer.

N.B. Purists will notice that I'm playing this lovely tune in the 'wrong', but a Dulcimer friendly, key.  Wink





Cheers,
Dick

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Video The Braes of Ballenden!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 09-11-2016, 11:57 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (4)

The Braes of Ballenden!

A glorious C18th Scottish Air composed by James Oswald.  
This tune, played by the stunning Fiddle player Maura Shawn Scanlin, was for me the highlight of the recent magnificent Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship Concert at Blair Castle.
I'm playing it here by on Fiddle, English Concertina & Hammered Dulcimer.





Anyone who enjoyed my rather clumsy efforts here, should check out the playing of master Champion Fiddler Maura Shawn Scanlin, when she played this gorgeous tune at the start of her set at the recent 2016 Glenfiddich concert of Fiddle Champions
She starts at around 39 mins & absolutely stole the show ( for me at least ) with her breathtaking performance of that wonderful Strathspey - Tullochgorum. ... 
Watch & be amazed!  Smile

Cheers,
Dick

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  Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 07-11-2016, 09:39 AM - Forum: GFW Improvers Mandolin - Replies (2)

The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre

There are two or three tunes with this name, and it's quite old. In McGibbon's Collection of 1742 we can find a 3/4 air, "Mucking of Geordy's Byer". 

Later there is a tune under the title "O Let Me In This Ae Night" which has hints of "Muckin'", but it's the air of a completely different set of lyrics. 

We do know of a 17th century song about the mucking (cleaning) of Geordie's byre (cowshed), somewhat different to later versions. The song was performed in the 1930s and 40s by bothy ballad entertainers like Willie Kem and G S Morris, and in the 1960s by their successor Andy Stewart.

The tune as we're doing it tonight is a dance band favourite, and can be heard at sessions once in a while too. It's a strong, driving jig which would be at home in a Strip the Willow set.

Oh, and I love it, by the way!

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Video Of a' the airts the wind can blaw!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 07-11-2016, 07:57 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - No Replies

Of a' the airts the wind can blaw! 

Played on Hammered Dulcimer, English Dulcimer, Fiddle & Whistle.





Robert Burns wrote this, one of his best songs, to the tune Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey, which was composed by William Marshall around 1775 

Of a' the airts the wind can blaw, 
I dearly like the west, 
For there the bonie lassie lives, 
The lassie I lo'e best: 

There's wild-woods grow, and rivers row, 
And mony a hill between: 
But day and night my fancys' flight 
Is ever wi' my Jean. 

I see her in the dewy flowers, 
I see her sweet and fair: 
I hear her in the tunefu' birds, 
I hear her charm the air: 
There's not a bonie flower that springs, 
By fountain, shaw, or green; 
There's not a bonie bird that sings, 
But minds me o' my Jean.

Robert Burns:
http://www.robertburns.org/works/223.shtml

Cheers,
Dick

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