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Bill Hardie

Bill Hardie (1916- 1995) from Aberdeen came from a dynasty of Scottish fiddlers, his great-great-grandfather Peter Hardie having been taught by the legendary Niel Gow in the eighteenth century. Back in 1755, Matthew Hardie practiced the art of fiddle-making and passed on these skills to his son Thomas Hardie and his cousin Peter Hardie. Peter had lived in the Dunkeld area of Perthshire, and was a favourite pupil of the famous Niel Gow. Peter in turn taught his own grandson James Hardie, whose fiddles received critical acclaim. James's brother Charles Hardie (1849-1893) was regarded as one of the best fiddlers in the Scotland of his day.

Bill Hardie's style was very much rooted in the North-East of Scotland, and is influenced by fellow Aberdonians JF Dickie and J Murdoch Henderson. His son Alastair Hardie is also a fiddle player, and has recorded a few albums of Scottish fiddle music.Bill Hardie was born into the celebrated Hardie family who have been at the centre of Scottish fiddling for two hundred years, and was hailed as a supreme example of the North-East style. Some of Bill Hardie's recordings are listed below


Bill Hardie Scottish Country Fiddle (Beltona SEP 46, c1963)

Side One:
01 Scotland the Brave/The Laird o' Drumblair/Speed the Plough/Deil Amang the Tailors
02 The Balkan Hills/Lady Mary Ramsay/Pretty Peggy
Side Two:
01 Bluebell Polka/Peterhead Polka
02 The Bonnie Lass o' Bon Accord/The Marquis of Huntly's Farewell/The £10 Fiddle

Bill Hardie (fiddle), John Junner (piano)

Bill Hardie The Music of Scott Skinner (Topic 12TS268, 1974)

Side One:
01 The Marquis of Huntly's Snuff Mill/Mrs Chree/Carnie's Canter
02 James F Dickie's Delight/The Laird o' Drumblair/JF Dickie's Reel
03 MacPherson's Rant/Tullochgorum/East Neuk of Fife
04 Master Francis Sitwell/Newcastle Hornpipe
05 The North Shore/The Liverpool Hornpipe
06 The Dean Brig o' Edinburgh/Banks Hornpipe

Bill Hardie (fiddle), Alastair Hardie (piano)

(The second side of this LP consisted of 78rpm recordings of James Scott Skinner).

Fiddler's Companion The Fiddler's Companion (Waverley GLN 1023, 1980)

Side Two:
04 Mr A G Wilken's Favourite/Jenny Hardie's Reel
05 Earl Haig/The Laird o' Drumblair/Speed the Plough

Bill Hardie (fiddle), Violet Tulloch (piano)

(The other fiddlers on this LP were Aly Bain, Angus Grant, Alastair Hardie, Donald Stewart, Tom Anderson and Hector MacAndrew).


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