Combined Ceol Na Fidhle Volume 1 & 2
Fiddle and bagpipe tunes from the Scottish Highland repertoire.
"The Fiddle Music of the Scottish Highlands” - used here as a joint title with Ceol na Fidhle for non Gaelic speakers and so called because the majority of tunes in these books have been taken from the Highland Bagpipe repertoire. Many of the pipe marches, reels and jigs included in this collection were composed by pipers attached to the Highland Regiments in the army but some are much older and date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Famous bagpipe composers such as Donald MacLeod, George MacLennan, Peter R. MacLeod, Willie Lawrie and many more are represented in these volumes as well as contemporary tunes by present day pipers, fiddlers and accordionists (Bobby Macleod,Freeland Barbour, Addie Harper etc) who are all producing tunes in Highland bagpipe style. Fiddlers have always been interested in the bagpipe repertoire but found the notation in the bagpipe books difficult to read due to lack of key signatures and pipe grace notes which have their own interpretation when played on the fiddle. This series of books was the first to make available the music of the bagpipes in easily accessable and readable settings for fiddle. In making the fiddle arrangements of these tunes such eminent pipers as John D. Burgess, Norman Gillies and Duncan Macgillivray were consulted regarding appropriate grace notes and interpretation of the spirit of pipe tunes played on the fidddle. The result is an amazing collection of the most popular pipe tunes in good fiddle settings (this material is also suitable for all melody instruments). Included in the books as well as the bagpipe tunes are ancient airs for fiddle from early music collections, Gaelic song airs and contemporary material in the same style that has made its way into the modern Scottish repertoire of the young fiddlers and Scottish bands. This is the music that has been popularised by such leading bands as Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance, Capercaillie, Burach, Daimh etc and toured worldwide to represent Scottish music in all corners of the world. The books contain suggested bowings for fiddlers and chords for guitar or other accompanists and a great selection of 2/4 Pipe Marches, 6/8 Pipe Marches, Jigs, Reels, Slow airs, Hornpipes, Polkas, Strathspeys etc. There are more than 160 tunes in the book with most of them not available in fiddle settings in any other publication.
Contents/ An Clar-Innse
---- Fonn Mall / Slow Airs ---- A Mhairi Bhan Og, The Aran Boat Song, Braigh Loch Iall (The Banks of Locheil), Caidil gu La (Sleep on till day), Cha bhi mi gad thaladh (I will not be singing you a lullaby), Cha till mis a' seòladh (South Georgia Whaling Song), Chi mi na mor-bheanna (Mist-covered Mountains), Crodh Chailein (Colin's Cattle), Cumha Mhic Shimidh (Lord Lovat's Lament), The Dark Island, Donald McPherson's Lament, The Flower of the Quern, Gradh Geal mo Chridhe (The Eriskay Love Lilt), Huntingtone Castle, John Roy Lyall, Laoidh Chaluim Chille (The Sound of Mull), Loch Liobhan (Loch Leven), Mackenzie's Farewell to Sutherland, Mo Dhachaigh (The Song of Home), My Own Land, Neil Gow's Farewell to Whisky, Neil Gow's Lament for his 2nd Wife, The Road to Balintore, Ros Fhiadhaich nam Beann (The Wild Rose of the Mountain), 'Se Gaol a' bhodaich Fionnlagh (Finlay is his Father's Darling), Sìne Bhàn, Soraidh Slan le Fionnairidh (Farewell to Fuinary), Till an Crodh Faidh an Crodh (Milking Song), Tuireadh Iain Ruaidh (Iain Ruaridh's Lament), A' Chuthag, Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch, The Braes of Glenturrote, Cailin mo runsa, Cha till Mòr mo bhean, Dunkeld Hermitage Bridge, Dùthaich nan craobh, Fear a' Bhàta, Highland Cradle Song, Highland Pibroch, The Hill of Lochiel, I See Mull, Kisimul's Galley, Lament for the Death of Reverend Archie Beaton, Lochaber No More, Lovely Stornoway, MacPherson's Rant, Mo Dhachaidh, Perthshire Air, Sitting in the Stern of a Boat, Taladh Chriosta, The Waters of Kylesku ---- Port Mairsdidh / Marches ---- The Athole Highlanders, Australian La
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