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  Excuses no longer accepted....... "Murdo"
Posted by: JAJ - 10-09-2016, 08:43 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (4)

I'm getting really frustrated that no-one is playing this lovely tune in sessions.

Here's Aiden O'Rourke teaching it at a lovely gentle pace. You have no excuse now..   Wink


Also by the man himself...  https://youtu.be/KOznscp0G8E 

Parts One and two in this clip

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  In A Taynuilt Garden
Posted by: John Kelly - 06-09-2016, 04:04 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (10)

I recently was given this lovely tune by two fiddle friends, Jennifer and Jim Louden.  It was composed by Charlie Gore and this is all I know about the tune at present.  I wonder if this is the same Mr Gore who manages the index of Scottish Fiddle Tunes?

I was so taken with the tune that I have produced a mandolin version here using the score and harmony I got from J and J, and playing it on a mandolin I completed last August.

In A Taynuilt Garden

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  Canons Gait
Posted by: Eric R - 06-09-2016, 03:58 PM - Forum: Other Classes, Workshops, Events - Replies (8)

Just to remind folks that the Canons Gait session starts up again on Wednesday 7th September. For those who haven't been before, it's an extremely friendly session and offers a warm welcome to anyone who wants to pop in and see what it is like. Around 18-25 of us usually turn up, and play tunes at anything from slow to reasonably quick tempo. Nothing too fast at all. We meet from 9.00-11.15 in the Canons Gait pub (recently renamed The Gait) in the Royal Mile about 100 yards down from the traffic lights at St Mary's Street.

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  Old Time Reel!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 06-09-2016, 03:55 PM - Forum: Old Time Music - Replies (2)

To get this section started, here's a video of me playing Christmas Day in da Morning (Shetland Listening Tune) & Breaking up Christmas (Appalachian Reel) played on Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin, Fiddle, Tenor Guitar, English Concertina, Trump & Appalachian Dulcimer.


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  Youtube Playlists!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 06-09-2016, 03:40 PM - Forum: Other Music - No Replies

For anyone who may be interested, here are links to a couple of my Video Playlists on Youtube.

#1 ~ English Concertina (40 Videos)

#2 ~ Tunes on Mandolin (64 Videos)


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Video Co. Antrim group: Scad the Beggars!
Posted by: Dick Glasgow - 06-09-2016, 03:24 PM - Forum: Other Music - Replies (2)

Hi folks,

Here's my 1st post to the new Forum ... hope it goes well Nigel.  Cool

It's a video of our wee group, playing over here in Norn Iron last Saturday at the 24th Broadisland Gathering in Ballycarry, Co. Antrim.

As you'll see, we play a wide variety of instruments, including Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle, Northumbrian Pipes, Moothie, Whistles, Guitar, Harp, Fifes, Oboe & Piano Accordion. ... Sorry Nigel, we left the Mandolins at home this time.   Blush

We play a mix of Scottish tunes & songs, plus some Northumbrian & Irish tunes.


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  Tune suggestion/recommendation
Posted by: kypfer - 28-08-2016, 11:42 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (2)

Whilst browsing around I came across a selection of fiddle tunes, many of which seem to have a Scottish heritage or influence, one of which particularly took my fancy.

You might care to check out "The Grey Widow's Song" included at http://www.riddellfiddles.co.uk/index.ph...resources/ (about half-way down in the "G"'s).

Nice and slow, so suits my skill levels admirably, but with sufficient "flavour" to make it interesting to play Smile

I've included a link instead of a listing just in case of any copyright issues - enjoy !

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  As easy as ABC?
Posted by: JAJ - 26-08-2016, 07:54 AM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (6)

I'm not sure if this is the right category for this discussion but we can restrict it to Scottish music if we wish... Smile 

There's a discussion elsewhere https://thesession.org/discussions/39461  which is a bit of an old chestnut but I thought it might be good to hear the views of people here.

In short, I use both systems but while I think "ABC" is a useful tool for simple melodies e.g. the "bare bones" versions (Though in many cases, these are enough)  of most traditional and other tunes,  it is less useful for more complicated and ornamentated arrangements. Apparently, there is still a lot of scope but, in my opinion, it makes the process too cumbersome for my liking and "staff notation" is much better when you require a learn more detailed arrangement.

What are your thoughts?

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  The Mandolin Companion
Posted by: Eric R - 25-08-2016, 03:57 PM - Forum: Scottish Music - Replies (1)

Whilst the main pursuit of some musicians who play folk music appears to be based solely around speed, I am sure that there are many who are keen to develop their overall level of expertise. Those of us who were lucky enough to be able to attend workshops or lessons by the late Alison Stephens may well have received handout exercises for them to work on. Sadly, she was taken from us before these could be expanded and printed in book form. However, one of her students, Chris Acquavella, who is now an international mandolinist in his own right, has taken up Alison's project, and I am delighted to say that The Mandolin Companion has recently been published by Astute Music (check this company out on the web if you haven't come across it before) in both spiral bound and download form. It is designed to help mandolin players at all stages in their development, from beginner to advanced, and its 77 pages are crammed full of useful exercises, studies and excepts. I highly recommend it. Eric.

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  New members
Posted by: John Kelly - 23-08-2016, 07:25 PM - Forum: The Gathering Forum Admin - No Replies

Have been watching the new enrolments slowly coming in, and am glad to see some of the old regulars re-joining - Eric, Alistair, JAJ and Ray (T) so far.  Hoping to see the forum beginning to get active soon with all the dicsussion that was here previously.

Must be a nightmare for Nigel having to authorise each one as it comes in, and so many not really being genuine applications.  Thanks again Nigel for maintaining the forum and the whole site.

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