Top Scottish Fiddle Tunes
Me?? Posting a fiddle question??
You're not hallucinating. I've got an opportunity to play a few fiddle tunes at an upcoming Burns Supper, so I figured I had better make them Scottish tunes. But I don't really know what the most recognizable or crowd-friendly tunes would be and I need a few suggestions.
PS: Not Auld Lang Syne because there are other plans for that tune.
How creative can you get with Loch Lomand? :) Annie Laurie is one of my favorites, but I don't know if people will recognize it.
I would search Scott Skinner and Neil Gow
Tunes popular at our jams include:
Ditto on Scott Skinner:-- Bonnie Lass o' Bon-Accord, The Hurricane, Cameron Highlanders, the Mathematician, Hector the Hero. Bride's Reel, Simon Fraser's Beauty of the North,. You will find over-lap with Irish tunes, and influence from scottish bag-pipe technique.
Paul, you have a wonderfully warped sense of humor I recall. Neil Gow wrote a lovely waltz tune called: “Neil Gow’s lament on the death of his second wife”. Play it then tell em the tune name and see what a rise you get!
Well-known Scottish tunes:
Thanks to all for your suggestions. We do these Burns Suppers mostly every year so now I've got a great list and I can be better prepared in future! However for this year since I have only a day to prepare, I'm lucky that my daughter, it turns out, has a cello book called "Crossing to Scotland" that had a lot of fine fiddle tunes. In fact I am going to arrange them (very lightly) and then perform them with her, since she knows them all cold already.
If you are playing for a supper for Robbie, seems like playing some of Robbie's songs tunes might be in order?
Michael, I appreciate those suggestions very much, thank you.
You're more than welcome Paul! I am living vicariously through you all right now as I am dealing with a right rotator cuff impingement which limits my fiddle playing to very short sessions on the a and e strings. Luckily, the mandolin, octave mandolin and guitar don't hurt as much.
I'm going to nail it for you Michael! My daughter and I are going to do 4-5 tunes as duets. I've just written an arrangement of Red Red Rose for Violin and Cello. It's nothing special but the idea is to give daughter the melody about half the time. (Her tone is better than mine anyway.)
Not Scottish so I don't know how much help I can be as far as answering this question goes; however, I thought it might be worth mentioning that Nicola Benedetti put out an album a while back full of her covers of some Scottish fiddle tunes. Definitely worth a listen for inspiration!
Thanks for the tip John, I wasn't aware of that! Now let's see if it's on Spotify ...
Here's a few more 'most recognizable' Scottish Tunes....
Neil Gow’s "lament on the death of his second wife" was as I heard the story a lament for his fiddle which he had dropped.
I've never heard that -- every source I can find online says that it actually was written upon the death of his second wife, Margaret Urquhart.
Neil's fiddle is still "alive and well" as far as I know. Can't remember whether it is in Perthshire or Edinburg castle museum. Google "Neil Gow's violin" and you can watch a vid of it being played
Just a quick note here to let you know that the event went well. I played a nice selection including a couple of tunes by Robert Burns himself, with my cellist daughter. A colleague played "Coming Through the Rye" and a couple of other tunes on the saxophone (which he plays very well).
Congratulations! Thanks for letting us know about the success.
Well done Paul! Sounds like an enjoyable evening.
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