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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.


Pentland Airs Pentland Airs (Thistle Records RWEP 627, 1964)

Side One:
La Miriposa (The Butterfly) Waltz; Pipe Major Jim Christie of Wick/The Benderloch Ploughing Association
Side Two:
Blackthorn Stick; Leaving St Kilda/Leaving Ardtornish

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

Heather and Shamrock 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)

Curtain Up Curtain Up (Waverley Records SZLP 2123, 1971)

Side One:
Bert McCroskie/Twice Brewed/Walking On the Moon; The Braes o' Bonald; Captain Carswell/The Conundrum; The Highland Hills of Home; The High Road to Gairloch/Caithness Volunteers/In the Moonlight; Leaving Lismore
Side Two:
Gordon B Cosh/John Mearn's Favourite/Jim Anderson's Delight; The Herd Maiden; Traditional Afrikaan Melodies; The Auld Meal Mill; HRH Princess Alexandra's Welcome to Wick/Sweet Maid of Mull; The Pipers of Scotland; Back to Bonnie Scotland/Loch Lomond/The Auld Hoose

Addie Harper (fiddle), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)
with
John Mearns, Argo Cameron and The Wick Arion Junior Choir

More Sounds of the North More Sounds of the North (Talisman STAL 5023, 1972)

Side One:
Balmoral Highlanders/Helen Black of Inveran; Ness Bothan/Cork Hill/Humours of Glendart; Salmon Tails Up the Water/Jimmy Allan/Winsten Gallop; Rothesay Bay/A Hundred Pipers/Comin' Thru' the Rye/The Water Lily Pond; The Piper's Wedding; James Hamilton of Sandwill/Donald B McTaggart/The Airlie Bobbies
Side Two:
Victoria Hornpipe/Kirks Hornpipe/Storars Hornpipe; The Centenary March/Crauford Amos; When I Grow Too Old to Dream; Mrs Elliot/Far from Home/The Archiestown Reel; The Laird of Milton's Daughter/Jerry's Beaver Hat/The Fair/Haired Boy; The Hen's March; Sine Bhan/O Horo Mo Chailin Donn/A Mhairi Bhoidheach/Waters of Kylesku

Addie Harper (fiddle), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)
with
John Mearns, Argo Cameron and The Wick Arion Junior Choir

Call from the North Call from the North (Talisman STAL 5029, 1973)

Side One:
The Kitchen Maid/Paddy's Leather Breeches; The Seven Stars/The Haster Hornpipe/The Redsdale Hornpipe; Harry's Trip/You Need Na Run/Dancing at the Ceilidh; Looking for a Partner; Corn Rigs/Boys of Balivanich; Move Over and Give Me Your Hand/Will You Go with Me, Mary; Bowing the Strings
Side Two:
Mrs McLeod of Raasay/The Ale is Dear/Reconciliation; Biddy the Bowl Wife/Paddy O'Carroll/Out in the Ocean; Joyce Reay/Archie's Fancy/Fare Thee Well, Annabelle; Katie Jane of Lewis/Cenneag Mor; The Eight Men of Moidart/Lady Mackenzie of Coull/Drumlies; Wild Mountain Thyme/Huntingtower/Bonnie Ann of Islay/The Lass o' Lowrie

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)

Come O'er the Hills Come O'er the Hills (EMI One-Up OU 2052, 1974)

Side One:
The Sweet Maid/Jim Barrie/Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle; Apollo Polka; My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean/In the Good Old Summertime/Let Me Call You Sweetheart; In Memory of Rusky/Riding Down to Bangor/Ronald M Wink/Miss Margaret Little; Marching Through Georgie/Golden Slippers/Tavern in the Town; Anne Duchess of Westminster Waltz; Duke of Atholl's Reel/Bugle Horn/The Soldier's Dance/The Bard of Reay's Jig
Side Two:
Duke of Perth/This Is No' My Ain Hoose/Kinclaven Brig/The Braes of Crosskirk; Purnell's March; Loch Maree; Mr McGuire/The Garden Where the Praties Grow/Eileen Og; P M Jim Christie of Wick/Southall; Liberty Bell; Castles In the Air/O Gin I Were a ~Baron's Heir/How I Love that Maiden Fair

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

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

Away Up North Away Up North (EMI One-Up OU 2126, 1976)

Side One:
The Irish Rover/Kelly of Killan/Shamrock of Ireland/Young and Foolish; Dorothy Leur's Jig/Billy McMorran's Crook/The Tenpenny Bit; A Tune for Sheila Hunter/Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree; Dream Angus; 42nd Highlanders' Farewell to India/Miss Joan C McKenzie; The Headlands/The Blue and White Flag/Crusaders March; The Woman of the House/The Twin's Reel/Jenny Dang the Weaver
Side Two:
Katie Bairdie/Louden's Bonnie Woods/Scotsman in Patigonia; Over the Hills to Altnabreac/Irish Girl/Leslie Dunn; Spoot of Skerry/The Eann Nicolson Reel/Shetland Reel; The Four Marys/Bonnie Charlie's Noo Awa'/The Rowan Tree; Campbelltown Kiltie Ball/J Spence of Yeaspund; Liberton Polka; Watten's Welcome to the Queen Mother/The Wick Scottish Welcome to Blackburn/Church Street

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

A Northern Welcome Northern Stars (EMI One-Up OU 2156, 1976)

Side One:
Kate Dalrymple/Lassie Come and Dance; Blackthorn Stick/Rakes of Kildare/The Frost is All Over; Flower of Scotland; The Addie Harper Lilt; The Seven Stars/Ian McMorran of Carrington; Fhuin Phort Ferry; Frank Thomson's Welcome to Wick/Oldwick Castle/Robert Murphy's Jig
Side Two:
Gordon Patullo's Welcome to the Wick Scottish Dance Band/Major Crighton Stuart of Falkland; Islands and Islands; North Star; The Silver Sands of Morar; Duke of Fife's Welcome/Forbes Morrison/Marquis of Tully Bardine; Daisy Bell/Little Annie Rooney/In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree/Comrades/After the Ball; The Garden of Skye

Addie Harper (fiddle), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)
with
Ray Morton, Sheila MacDonald, Bobby Coghill, Addie Harper Jr

Beauty of the North Away Up North (EMI One-Up OU 2194, 1977)

Side One:
Dan McIldowie's Reel/Niell Thow's Reel/Manola's Reel; Haikan Polka; Ye Banks and Braes/Bonnie Gallowa'/The Bonnie Briar Bush; McPherson's Bairns/Ian Stewart Cruikshank; Caddam Woods/The Night at Glenezier/Davie Nick Nack; The Marina Two/Step; Silver and Gold
Side Two:
Bog Cotton/Hamish's Tune/Columba's Sword; Bill Caldwell's Two/Step; Scandinavian Barn Dance; We Won't Say Goodbye; Marker 11; Kerry Polka/Ballydesmond Polka/Wexford Polka; Castle Dangerous/The Son of the Scottish Soldier/The Battle of Altimarlach

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

Beauty of the North A Highland Spree (Waverley GLN 1006, 1979)

Side One:
The Hopeful Lover; Danish Double/Silver and Gold; The Multies; Tobin's Favourite/The Weaver and his Wife/Kelly's Ear; Coming Back to Scotland; Kerhu Waltz; New Rigged Ship/Cock o' the NorthMemories/Wings
Side Two:
Why Should I/McGregor's March/Gaelic Air/Donald B McTaggart; The Hiking Song/Kirkwall Bay/Marching Through the Heather; The Colvins of Heatherdene/Marrie Coghill's Jig; Grannie Fraser's Flittin'; Highland Mist/Dunse Dings A'; The Flying Scotsman; Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering/Mrs McLeod; Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie/McFarlane of the Sprots/Braes of Bonald/We're No' Awa' to Bide Awa'; The Hopeful Lover

Addie Harper (fiddle), Eann Nicolson (accordion), Isobel Auld (piano), Hamish Auld (bass), John Gunn (drums)
with
Johnny Beattie, The Wick Fiddlers, The Wick Melody Makers, Stuart Anderson


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