TUNES OF THE MONTH

The River Tay at Perth

The gentleman in the following tune title was a dance teacher in Perth in the 18th century.  I generally play this melody at a fairly slow tempo, but in fact I think it was the composer's intention for it to accompany a dance called a "Scots Measure".  The "correct" tempo therefore might be 100 bpm (counting 4 in a bar).

Click on the picture of Dunkeld Cathedral below to watch a video of Pete rehearsing with Hazel Murch before their performance of "2nd Lieutenant Archibold Morrison, Royal Scots" on Remembrance Sunday, 11th November 2018.

And click on the wee dram below to watch a video of Pete playing "Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife" beneath Niel Gow's Oak on the banks of the River Tay near Dunkeld.

The Dunkeld Bridge Collection, Vol. 1

Fiddle music from highland Perthshire

by Pete Clark, Edited by Jane Marx

[Inver Music; available from musicinscotland.com]

 

Extract from review in "Fiddler" magazine:

This is so much more than a music book – it’s a great read on many levels.  It’s an entertaining history of the people and the area via music, text, paintings, and photographs.  After reading it, you’ll feel as if you were treated to a whirlwind trip to highland Perthshire!

Mary Larsen

Fiddler Magazine