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Yla Steven

Yla Steven learned fiddle as a youngster in Edinburgh and Perthshire, and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She has been teaching fiddle in Edinburgh schools for many years now, and in 1983 formed the Lothian Schools Strathspey and Reels Society. Yla has won many fiddle championships, including the exclusive Golden Fiddle Award in 1976. As far as I know, she has released to albums of fiddle music: Back to the Hills in 1976, and Solos and Duets with the late Colin O'Riordan.. Some of Yla Steven's recordings are listed below


Back to the Hills Back to the Hills, and Other Scott Skinner Airs (Scottish Records SR142, 1976)

Side One:
Back to the Hills; Duke of Fife's Welcome to Fife/Tulchan Lodge/Left Handed Fiddler; Caledonia's Wail for Neil Gow (Fraser); Lady Charlotte Campbell (Robt McIntosh); Glen Coe; Barren Rocks of Aden (McKellar)/Stirling Castle (trad)/Largo's Fairy Dance (Matthew Gow) [sic]; The Valley of Silence; Queen's Welcome to Invercauld/Laird o' Drumblair/Deil Amang the Tailors (trad); Side Two:
Dumbarton Castle/South of the Grampians (Porteous)/Marquis of Huntly's Reel (Milne); Ossian; Scott Skinner's Comps to Dr McDonald/The Iron Man/The Bungalow; Sitting In the Stern of a Boat (McLeod); Beauty of the North (trad)/Geordie Affleck (trad); Goodbye Gramin; Fyvie Castle; Balmoral Castle/Glen Grant/Gladstone

All tracks by James Scott Skinner unless otherwise noted

Yla Steven (fiddle), Mary Milne (piano)


National Fiddle Championship 77 The National Fiddle Championship, 1977 (EMI Records NTS130, 1977)

Side One:
Balmoral Castle/Glen Grant/The Gladstone (all Scott Skinner); Dunkeld House (Gow)/Lads o' Dunse (trad)

Yla Steven (fiddle), unknown (piano)

(The other fiddlers on this LP were Douglas Lawrence, Ian Laing, Donald Montgomery and Angus Cameron).

An Edinburgh Fancy - 1979 An Edinburgh Fancy - 1979 (DARA MPA 032, 1979)

Side One:
Mackworth (Skinner)/Mary Walker (Skinner)/Banks (Parazotti); Goodbye Gramin (Skinner)
Side Two:
Sir William Wallce (Skinner); Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside (Skinner)/Tulchan Lodge (Skinner)/The Left-Handed Fiddler (Skinner)

Yla Steven (fiddle), Ian MacPherson (piano)

(The other artists on this LP were Neil Mackie (tenor), Kathleen Livingstone (soprano), Michael Elder (verse speaker) and John Ainslie's Scottish Country Dance Band ).


Solos and Duets Solos and Duets with Colin O'Riordan (cassette, no date)

Side One:
The Fiddlers from Hoydalar (R Aim); Lament for Archie Beaton (J Mason); Mackworth (Skinner)/Mary Walker (Skinner)/Banks (Parazotti); Donald Macphersons Lament (Skinner); The Shetlander (J Mason); The Coleburn (W Macpherson); Edgefauld House (Skinner)/The Sands of Murness (F Jamieson)/Sandieburn Reel (F Jamieson); The Wild Rose of the Mountain (J Mason); Side Two:
The Academician(J Mason); Chapel Keithack (Marshall); The Trow Fiddlers (J Mason); Lament for Lockerbie (Fitchett); The Hardanger (J Mason); Niel Gow's Lament 2nd Wife (N Gow); King Robert the Bruce (Skinner)/Craigellachie Bridge (Marshall)/The Devil and the Dirk (Skinner); The Bonnie Lass O' Bonaccord (Skinner)

Yla Steven (fiddle), Colin O'Riordan (fiddle), Duncan Sinclair (piano)



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