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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:


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Video Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 07-11-2016, 07:54 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (2)

Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey! 

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

The tune, Miss Admiral Gordon’s Strathspey - 

Quote:".. is one of the first composed and most famous tunes by Scots fiddler William Marshall. 
It was written around 1775 in honour of Margaret Gordon, daughter of Admiral William Gordon.
“Miss Admiral Gordon” was first published in Marshall’s Strathspey Reels, in 1781."

Traditional Scottish tune


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  Hi Guys...
Posted by: nigelgatherer - 02-11-2016, 02:00 PM - Forum: GFW Improvers Mandolin - Replies (2)

Alcluith has got the ball rolling by expressing a wish for discussion. This week we looked at 'Hector the Hero' and various embellishments which could be added. It was quite hard, but I think most of the class appreciated it.

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  Anybody here got a good sound recorder and know how to use it?
Posted by: Jack Campin - 26-10-2016, 11:09 PM - Forum: Other Music - Replies (4)

I want to make a few demo recordings.  These are for a young guy in England who I've been helping out as he's been developing folk-oriented ocarinas - I've got samples of his stuff (which is now among the best in the world) and I'd like to show what it can do.  But I absolutely detest recording, and the most sophisticated equipment I've got is an Olympus dictaphone (perfectly okay for getting a tune in a class or session, but the highest quality format it can produce is WMA).

Anybody up for doing some better audio or video recordings at suitably atmospheric locations around Edinburgh?  Arrangements will be minimal - a drone or a drum - since the point is to show the instruments off.

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  Intermediate Mandolin Class - GFW
Posted by: Alcluith - 25-10-2016, 11:49 AM - Forum: GFW Improvers Mandolin - Replies (2)


would this be the place for the pupil to join and exchange ideas, music, what going on etc. or just getting to know one and other outside of the classroom environment?




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Posted by: Eric R - 23-10-2016, 07:40 PM - Forum: Other Classes, Workshops, Events - No Replies

As I can't 'share' directly from Facebook to here, I have appended Bob Murray's latest post on Megasesh, our annual mega pub session at the Canons Gait Pub in aid of Oxfam. It's always a great night out, so do come along if you can. Eric


Megasesh is this Wednesday. I might even be a wee bit excited.
It's just our regular Wednesday traditional music session at the Canons Gait Bar in Edinburgh, but writ large. It is part of the Oxjam Music Festival, raising funds for Oxfam.
We've wall-to-wall music - over thirty musicians have already said they're taking part in the free-for-all session element, plus we've special guest turns from Sandy Brechin, Charlie Munro, and Sally Simpson. And there's a buffet, and a raffle. You get a lot of night for your £10 ticket.
Tickets are going well, but there's still some remaining. Either take your chances that there will be some available on the door, or contact me if you want any tickets reserved for you. Musicians or audience equally welcome.
Doors 8:30 for a prompt 9:00pm start with Sandy Brechin's spot. Raffle prizes welcome.
We'll also be live-streaming the event. The link for that will appear on the "Canons' Gait Wednesday Session" Facebook page on the night.
Hope to see you there. Please feel free to share.

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  Davidson The Luthier..Gavin Marwick
Posted by: JAJ - 20-10-2016, 12:23 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (4)

.pdf   Davidson-the-Luthier.pdf (Size: 300.38 KB / Downloads: 29)
I'm not sure if I posted a copy of this tune in the old site or not but it's a very nice tune for all instruments.

The setting I've posted is for the harp but sounds great on the mandolin too as most harp tunes do. It was obviously a fiddle tune originally, of course.

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  Mandolin Advise
Posted by: Alcluith - 17-10-2016, 10:24 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (3)

I am currently learning the mandolin and have a one off chance to upgrade my mandolin. Being left handed I have limited choice.  But I have tried and liked the left handed Eastman MD805 and love the look and sound of Nigel's Rigel mandolin. I have tried a Moon flat top but found it to be a bit quiet for my style of playing. So I thought I would ask some of the more experienced members what they would advise.


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  Saved Drafts - where to find again?
Posted by: Trish Santer - 16-10-2016, 11:42 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - No Replies

Tonight I typed quite a long reply, but decided I needed to check it further before posting it. Can't find it anywhere! Don't want to have to re-type everything I said, so where can I find it, please? Nothing showing in my profile, tried the back button but it just will not come up!  Sad

Answering my own question, in case anyone else has similar problems: I had to go into the "Private Messages" bit, then a menu appeared on L-hand side of screen, including "Saved Drafts". Clicked on the thread name and it all disappeared again. 
So............back to "Private Messages">Saved Drafts>Edit Drafts, and finally got my message back!

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