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The Wick Scottish Dance Band

The Wick Scottish Dance Band was formed in Caithness in 1953 by fiddler Addie Harper and accordionist Eann Nicolson, both of whom stayed with the band during its 25-year run. Their first recording was an EP called Pentland Airs, and the following year began a long string of albums produced by the band.


Sounds of Strathearn Heather and Shamrock (Grampian Records SK2001, 1965)

Side One:
Bonnie Dundee/Hot Punch/Way Up in Clachan; Black Dance/Happy We've Been A Together/kemnay House; Liberton Pipe Band/KilberryBall; Skyline of Skye (Heneker-Ross); Boys of Blue Hill/Shan Van Vocht; Drunken Piper/Glengarys March/Dornoch Links
Side Two:
Girl I Left Behind Me/Deveron Reel/Miss Forbes Farewell; Road by the River/Goodbye Johnnie/Homes of Donegal; Forty Shades of Green; Stack of Wheat/Honeysuckle/The Strand; Green Hills of Tyrol/The Battles O'er/The Hawk that Swoops on High

Addie Harper (fiddle, banjo), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)

By the Peat Fire By the Peat Fire (Grampian Records SK2003, 1965)

Side One:
Highland Soldier/Bonnie Woods o' Stirkoke/The Crusaders March; Little Malcolm/Moulin Dhu; la Russe/Pat Donald (Adam Rennie)/Trad Air; Galway Hornpipe/California Hornpipe; Visit to the Dark Island (MacLachlan); Dr Ross's Welcome (McLeod)/Cuidich'n Righ
Side Two:
El Begonia (Harper); Mairi Bhan/Morag Bheag/Whistle O'er the Lev'ot; Dearest My Own One/Leaving Barra/Eilidh; The Honeymoon/Banks of Allan/Lady of the Bottle/Wee Todd; Kilt is My Delight/Soldiers Joy/Hey Ho My Bonnie Lass; Roght Fine Girl You Are/minstrel Boy/The Yellow Corn/Patsy Fagan

Addie Harper (fiddle, banjo), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums), Robert Cameron (drums)

The Sound of the North The Sound of the North (Talisman Records STAL 5007, 1970)

Side One:
Inverness Gathering/John MacMillan of Barra (D MacLeod); Mason's Apron/Paddy On the Railroad/The Tinker's Horse; Crawford's Jig/Saddle the Pony/Connaught Man's Ramble/Charley the Prayermaster; The Garden of Skye (Harper)/The Yellow Corn (Harper)/Gaelic Air; By the Shores of Loch Maree/The Battle Is O'er/Lonely By Myself; Bottom of the Punchbowl/The Herd On the Hill/O'er the Hills and Far Away; What's a' the Steer?/Innis Dhombs' Ca'l Cadal/Haidh-O-Haidhrium; Mary of Skye; Flett from Flotta (D MacLeod)/Farewell to the Tay
Side Two:
Jessie's Hornpipe/Nancy/Bardon Mill (Harper); Sabhal Iain Ic Uisdein/Bheil An Cadal Ort; Craighall (Hamilton)/Barney O'Neill/The Humours of Ballycastle; Ivy Green Polka; Ballochyle (G McLennan)/McLeod of Mull (D McLeod); Recuerdos de Coruna (Harper); J Spence of Yeasound/Anne's Reel (McDonald)/Calum Donaldson (Cooper); The Haymakers/Down the Tannoch Road (Harper)/Robbie the Sheep Shearer (Harper)/Battans of Brabster (Munro); A Man's a Man for A' That/Scots Wha Hae/Auld Lang Syne

Addie Harper (fiddle, banjo, Hawaiian guitar), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)

The Show of the North The Show of the North (Talisman Records STAL 5033, 1973)

Side One:
The Wick Scottish Song (Harper-Topping); John Gunn's Anniversary (Harper)/Snouts and Ears/Geordie and the Roadman/Flight of the Islander (Nicholson); The Lights of Lochindaal (Simpson); Monadh Gowan (Donald McLeod)/John Keith Laing (Harper); Balerma; I'm Going to be a Country Girl Again (Sainte-Marie); Crossing the Pentland (Nicholson)/Keep Your Feet Still (Wilson)/The Primrose and the Daffodil (Harper)
Side Two:
The Good St Nicholas Boat IThe Burn of Brim's Jig (Nicholson)/The Stool of Repentance; Lochanside/Benderloch Ploughing Association (Harper); She Taught Me How to Yodel; Andrew Manuel Harper (Harper)/Atholl Highlanders' Visit to Edinburgh 1971 (Harper); Ben Loyal (Harper-Topping); Ronald Cooper (Jamieson); Roamin' in the Gloamin'/I Love a Lassie/Stop Yer Tickling Jock (all Lauder)

Addie Harper (fiddle), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)
with
Sandy Coghill (accordion), P.M. J Christie (bagpipe), David Duff (vocals), Archie Sinclair (vocals), Anne Sutherland (vocals),, Eck Wilson (vocals)

Waters of Kylesku Waters of Kylesku (Argo Cameron with the Wick Scottish Dance Band) (Grampian Records RHC 6015, 1973)

Side One:
Ring the Blue Bells of Scotland; Eilidh; Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa; Kirsteen; Westering Home; My Land
Side Two:
These Are My Mountains; Waters of Kylesku; Grannie's Highland Home; Lass o' Levendale; Leaving Lismore; The Peat Fire Flame

Argo Cameron (vocals)

The Show of the North Northern Stars (EMI One-Up OU 2073, 1975)

Side One:
The Bonnie Lass That Didn't Marry Me (Grant); My Own Land (Maclean)/The Heights of Dargai; The Cradle Song/Mrs Scott Skinner/The Duchess Tree (all Skinner); Misty Island of the Highlands (Kennedy-Carr); The Balmoral Highlanders (Mackay); The Alford Cattle Show (Wright); Morven Ann McLeod (Nicholson)/Riverside Country Dancers (Harper)/Maid On the Green
Side Two:
Back of Bennachie/Betty Paton/MacGregor's March/Kerry Polka; Anne of Islay (Topping-Harper); The 51st Highland Division (Macleod)/The Thistle of Scotland/Lord Lovat's Lament; Who's Sorry Now? (Snyder); The Lang Road Back Hame (Morgan); Memories of Willie Snaith (Shand); It's a Long Way to Tipperary/Annie Laurie/Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag/Swanee River; Kate Dalrymple

Addie Harper (fiddle), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)
with
Donnie McKay, Jimmy Shand, Ray Morton, Robbie Shepherd, The Wick Fiddlers


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