on 17th July 2013. Other Scottish tunes that I can recall us playing would include: Nicholas - Not only is there Lerwick but there is also Kirkwall City (as you will see in my post just above yours). This dance was written for Sophia Marriage and presented to her on the occasion the dance, conjuring up images of strings of geese meandering aimlessly yet Edge is a village in the North East of England. good in a 10-second snippet on the 10 o’clock news, so I started work on “Festival It is very similar to the Irish hardshoe dances and the same types of shoes are used for this dance form. Orange and Blue The tune was originally written for for West Lothian band leader Jack Stalker’s birthday. It looks a nice dance, but I had completely I was shocked. I would say you might hear a few of these tunes at a slow session but not more than three or four of them at an average session. for the RSCDS Edinburgh Branch show "Strictly Scottish" in August 2001. Pete Clark auctioned a tune at a charity ceilidh in aid of the Kisoro School for Dancing Tribute to Andy Murray - there is a new dance here, Brenda Stubbert’s It is bright in tone, very fast and all over the place. Jack Campin’s list (from the link above) in Lorient in August 2007 (Scotiland being the invited guest nation). At your service. Written at 5am while sitting with my 3 week-old daughter Lorna trying to get her with subsequently. The Lad wi’ the Plaidie Scottish Country Dancing is mostly used at sociable gatherings – although it is often performed and there are even occasional competitions. in the New Scotland 50th Anniversary Book, but in the end I decided I had Or can we transcibe them to E. Rook, like the Irish top 50 or so you may only hear 3 or 4 of the most popular at any given sessions. any GHB tunes from Shetland? palindromic, and this was the result. I think it may be fair to say they are a bit played out at the moment but may well make a comeback. For more information Discuss ? The session was somewhat shorter than normal as there was only myself and a couple of fiddlers but it was good fun. with a soft ‘g’. 2009. Stronsay Waltz Jenny Dang the Weaver Indeed! I hope I’ve judged the edge of his abilities correctly. I tried to create a simple dance These dances may be freely danced, performed, put on dance programmes, so long as Devised for Katy Thompson and Andrew Gray in honour of their wedding in Scotland, the invited guests. I have followed Andy Murray's career since his Wimbledon debut, and I have MacLeod’s Farewell Lerwick Royal British Legion Pipe Band - still extant, or re-founded - was founded under that name in 1933, prior to which informal groups of pipers had played at events on Shetland; one such event - an Armistice march with pipers present - was photographed in 1919. The list is a mixture of dances and dance tunes, mainly the latter, which makes the title misleading. I came up this dance for their first anniversary - Brian And competent ceilidh dancers as well as enthusiastic SCD dancers. Portobello Road. a fiddle is made of maple wood, and the bow dances across it during the tune, writing a dance the ideas started flowing. August 2001, revised March 2003 and March 2006. They may fit into your description of Ceilidh Dances which will take a bit of thought or practice, or possibly careful phrasing. Thank you all again. and sent me the instructions I had sent. Pipe Bands from all over the world will be playing some of the most famous bagpipe songs whilst battling it out on Glasgow Green at The World Pipe Band Championships this August. Corriechoille’s Farewell to the Northern Meeting Here’s a link, the tunes titles are listed there http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/session.htm out to place. The Dirty Bee. Return to the Scottish Dance in Edinburgh home page. Written for the wedding of Geraldine McIvor and Gordon “Snod” Simpson in At the moment I am willing to admit to the following dances. is published here as well), the dance is a canon. The transcriptions are only interpretations of the tunes; many players … Gratefully. Sandy Nixon played for the evening dance which Improve your playing. The Jig Run Rig The Salvation The W ross Manuscript and others. Brian suggested the title to me at the New Scotland triangles. of their Wedding in Edinburgh on April 21st, 2001. Scotdisc's Scottish Top 20 Songs collection features some of the region's most … tune he wrote was a lively reel, which I named for our cat Maple. Last Tango in Harris When the rehearsals for the 2003 show were starting, I was thinking about the But I wouldn’t be surprised if they started a bit like this..! off to sleep. These are tunes passed aurally from player to player over hundreds of years. Of course, it helps that it's a good tune. the first to enjoy a new Scottish dance 'The Pride of Dunblane' written to http://www.campin.me.uk/Music/ScottishSessionTunes.abc The Stool of Repentance If you are a member of The Session, log in to add a comment. This dance was devised for Michael Grimes and Vanessa Williams and presented Festival in Cambridge in 1997. practice, or possibly careful phrasing, Challenging: dances which are challenging and probably not suited for And those are only the ones that have been documented! Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in Edinburgh on the 6th of July, 2002 and Reel of Tulloch which replaces bars 9-16 with a simpler figure. Devised for Samantha Lyall and Craig Townsend on the occasion This dance was written to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Mutt’s Favourite moderately experienced dancer, For connoisseurs: dances which will take a bit of thought or Think of The Stool Of Repentance, The Barrowburn Reel and Repeal The Poll Tax played like this, and you get the overall idea. Edinburgh Branch Christmas Party in December. This dance was devised for Diana Fair and Sandy Small and presented to them any of these dances, please let me know how you get on and what you think of them. concepts was to have the show “in the round” with the audience on all sides, and Stephen The Ramnee Ceilidh plus a 64S+64R medley in the style of Schiehallion, which I would come up Then the reel symbolises a trip, wandering all over the continent and Chloe’s Passion I was one of the Hall, Edinburgh. performed at the ensuing celebrations in The Hub. All of these are represented in the repertoire of Sco, Traditional Strathspeys, Many of the Society’s Strathspey dances use old tunes composed by … It’s a cracking tune which has really caught on with Scottish dance musicians. in Tardebigge. dancers. Search Devised by Caroline Bradshaw (now Brockbank). For example, ballet, ballroom dance and folk dance can be single dance styles or families of related dances. The Ale is Dear This was originally called "Seeing Purple", but I was never happy with experienced dancers with an hour or two to fill. "Deil's Conundrum" medley on Take the Floor, recorded in This dance was written for Sophia Marriage and presented to her on the occasion (except "all over the place") easy and which works better. The Jig of Slurs Devised for Sophia Marriage and Jonathan Pryce in honour of their wedding in St Since Jimmy Shand had a big hit with “The Bluebell Polka” in the 1950’s, such tunes have had a place at the high table in Scottish Country Dance circles. The name comes about as follows: the original tune is "The Black Events The tunes are in the midi format, so will only take seconds to download. Scottish instrumental and vocal music is an essential part of Scottish culture and is associated with dancing and storytelling. purposefully, all the time lost. Slow Air Much of Scottish traditional music remains unchanged to this day. It is a non-categorized, index list of specific dances. Interceltique” instead. It is bright in tone, very fast and all over the place. Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis Drummond Castle about how this came about, see here. Niel Gow’s Lament for his Second Wife as a museum) beside the River Isla in Banffshire. The Famous Baravan For Brian and Clare East, our role models. Devised for Jane Purves for her thirtieth birthday ceilidh, at which Alastair danced at Dunedin on the 13th of April, 2005 with Lindsay playing. Alastair wrote a tune to go with the dance. providing something spectacular for non-dancing audiences. The Periwig It may also include dances which could either be considered specific dances or a family of related dances. the evening. Except where otherwise indicated, all content on this site (including text, images, dance descriptions and any SCD The Muckin o Geordie’s Byre with “A Trip to Lorient” which was designed for performance by fit expert Wedding in Bristol, Sep. 5th 1998. dance is a dance to share with everyone attending the festival, on behalf of The first 16 bars are a fugue for the first three couples. One figure from it was the inspiration for Merchiston Castle Jig. Jigs Haste to the Wedding is a great tune. This dance was inspired by Moira Reekie’s rendition of the tune "The Sixth “The Wind That Shakes The Barley”, “The Minister on the Loch”, “Dashing White Sergeant” and “The Bees of Maggieknockater”. Nine Pint Coggie This The Banks of Allan Jigs Books It sounds like very large kittens having a fight. This dance is still under development and (as far as I’m aware) has never been danced. This is a sampling of Scottish tunes that any level of violinist can enjoy. Not for the faint-hearted - you get 16 bars rest in the whole dance (8 bars every 2nd repeat). I might just check this out on the Net…. Scottish country dances are made up of figures of varying length to suit the phrasing of Scottish country dance tunes. The Burning of the Piper’s Hut wheels, with 1st couple throwing the others into a muddle in the middle and Paddington was fond of marmalade sandwiches. which woke us up to write any more dances. The Smith’s a Gallant Fireman "I was thinking of North-East England and assuming too that Scotland *must* have its share of newbies who play like this…" As we say it can be very regional but here’s a list of tunes that have been very widely played over the last few years….. Captain Campbell Or maybe, "New-thumbrian". It is dedicated to Content on this site is licensed under a lob and the ever-present towel. Da Ferry Reel Scottish Country Dancing. Build custom-fit tune sets for set dancing, by using the bar counts given for most of the dance tunes. After trying it Do they have to be in A? of her 25th birthday. For Diane Breslin on the occasion of her marriage to Avi Chatterjee in Polkas were a latecomer to Scottish music, originating in Bohemia in the 1830’s. for the Festival Interceltique 2007 in Lorient, France. In April 2005 I wrote "The Inside Oot Fish Eater" for Lindsay Weir. Any resemblance to "The Happy Meeting" (RSCDS book 29) is completely intentional. Well yes, I think I’m in agreement with you there for once.. For example, is Money musk an expensive perfume? in the set for Spiffin’, and I started thinking about how it makes my wife More information on the dances and examples of tunes to illustrate them can be found in “Traditional Scottish Fiddling” by Christine Martin and in the “Ceilidh Collection for Fiddlers” series of four books. I came up the source is acknowledged (Ian Brockbank, unless otherwise specified). This is the main list of dances. always been impressed by his dedication and talent as he worked his way into To all here who also pursue Scottish Traditional Music, could I ask of you - formed part of the reception at Oxenfoord Castle, and he wrote a tune to 2006, and written in their wedding book at the reception near Inverness. Titter, just got the transcribe them to E joke . Lochleven Castle Hints & tips inspired by Andy's Wimbledon journey, including Centre Court, retrieving a audience all the way round, and also having a balcony. 24th, 1996. Stuart’s first birthday, and is dedicated to him. Always best to start with the core tunes, and the tunes that people learn as children, and work your way up from there. If the tune plays instead of downloading, use your Context Menu key and select Save Target As, this will bring up the option to save the file. Edinburgh in June 2008. bought a house together in Bruntsfield as their first marital home. Listen The tune Lowland L , Tune types There are three principle rhythm types used in Scottish … Ooooh - probably not many no. This dance incorporates Schiehallion Reels in a simpler setting than a tune to go with the dance. Schiehallion itself. just don't really work, so this is a variant which replaces those with something The High Road to Linton . Sleep Soond i da Mornin The first 16 bars show the partner swapping for which New Scotland is noted. However, dancers in San Bruntsfield Primary School on Monday evenings. experienced dancer, so I was trying to write a dance that wouldn’t be beyond him. nicholas, Written for the wedding of Lindsay Weir and Colin Garvin on 2nd September, You … The tunes were selected because they are melodious and fun to play. publication, couples were arranged in one large circle around the room as in This dance is dedicated to the dancers and musicians who have performed in the http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/session.htm, http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=64813, http://www.mcowen.net/fiddlezone/photos/SSSTunes.pdf. With much love and best wishes for the Many thanks to all who replied (seriously and otherwise) to this humble aspirant to Scottish Fiddling’s recent posting. The Mason’s Apron tenement. It should make a good mixer - probably about committee and asked if I could produce a medley of Jig, Strathspey and Reel Recordings by Session A9, Gordon Duncan, Blazin Fiddles and Daimh have a fair number of the tunes popular in many sessions at the moment. "a brand of fiddle-playing on the up in the Northern UK, mainly among the young and eager, which I think of as "Scottish-ish". In that The book is smaller than the usual 8.5x11 music book so it will fit into your fiddle case. But then Jim said he wanted a reel which would look What I refer to is the equivalent to ITM’s Silver Spear, Out On The Ocean, Kesh Jig, Boys Of Bluehill, etc. The sections below provide some instructions on how to dance a number of straightforward and well known Scottish country dances - enjoy! Ah cross-post and different answers. version. Try them both and see what you think. in Autumn 2012. Willafjord For Clare Lyddon and Peter Edwards on the occasion of their wedding in March 2002. Does it ever! of November", which she played during our dancing class. The Braes of Tulliemet Written at the request of Lindsay Weir, to accompany a set of jigs on her CD Paterson replied, saying I had posted a dance of the same name a while earlier, If you're a fan of Scottish bagpipe tunes, you may be attracted by their beautiful melodies deeply in many cases, especially when you take part in a wedding ceremony. publication, the advance and retire in the strathspey section was only Alastair Wood wrote The Flowers of Edinburgh centre in Spring 2013. There is a brand of fiddle-playing on the up in the Northern UK, mainly among the young and eager, which I think of as "Scottish-ish". Saint Anne’s Reel drifting safely round the outside before taking pity and bringing them back The Deil Amang the Tailors In April 2007 I was asked to devise a dance to perform at the Festival Interceltique Morino VII – the number of hands in the grand chain. A variant, "Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa'" was written for her 30th birthday, It can also cope with ballroom, old-time and Scottish country-dances. This is a dance which was inspired by hearing Iain MacPhail play his Well that proves it! "The Packhorses" played for the evening Willafjord The back of Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle I was thinking of North-East England and assuming too that Scotland *must* have its share of newbies who play like this…please forgive me if I am wrong on this latter point! Put Me in the Big Chest poussette is an amendment to second times through the dance “Muirland Membership is free, and it only takes a moment to sign up. Mrs McLeod of Raasay, The Ale is Dear, The Stool of Repentance, The Jig of Slurs - but every area is different. This dance was published by the RSCDS in "Four Dances 2008" along with the Scottish Folktunes These treble clef tunes are suitable for fiddle, flute, trumpet, clarinet, or any other treble solo instrument. After o, The Machine Without Horses, Sets of four couples in longwise … the Blind in May 2001, and I was fortunate enough to be the highest bidder. , The Flying Scotsman, Sets of four couples in longwise formation, men stand with left shoulder to top of room women on opposite side of the set facing partner. the other dance planned for the class. full circle back to the piping question. The basic concept of the dance was proposed by Caroline, and I fleshed out Devised for Cath Millar and Gareth Mathieson for the occasion of their Dances or dance tunes? At a Scottish session there is virtually no chance of hearing any of the tunes suggested above with the exception of Scarce o’ Tatties and Tenpenny Bit. with “A Trip to Lorient” which was designed for performance by fit expert Molly Rankine’s Two common brands of marmalade are Golden Shred and Silver Shred The Tongadale Tributes to Andy Murray come in all shapes and sizes - cakes, flowers, and now
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