The Clarsach Collection Volume 2 Intermediate

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CONTENTS

A Scots Tune  Air

1

MacKinnon’s Brook   Strathspey

2

The Kilt is My Delight   Reel

2-3

An Drochaid Chlùiteach  Reel

3

Cuttie’s Wedding   Strathspey

4

The Battle of the Somme  Retreat March

5

Da Day Dawn   Slow Air

6-7

The Rhymer’s Reel / The Elfen Queen/ The Fairy Piper’s Jig (from Thomas the Rhymer)

8-12

The Boy’s Lament for his Dragon  2/4 March

13

The Red Haired Girl of Tulloch  Strathspey

14

Snow on the Hills   Slow Reel

15

Tracy’s Wriggly Jig  Jig

16-17

The Twenty-Fifth String  Slow Air

18

St Anne’s Reel   Reel

19

Willafjord   Reel

19-20

 

 

About this music

 

These are some of my favourite Scottish tunes, along with a few of my own compositions. I have added some fingerings and grace notes to give an idea of how I would play them, though of course, in traditional playing you don’t have to stick rigidly to the written arrangement. Indeed some variation in terms of decoration and accompaniment would be expected of a good trad player. Try these fingerings out, even if they seem a bit strange to you, as they help with the rhythm and feel of the pieces. Afterwards, if you’d rather change them, then do what suits you.

 

I’ve gathered these tunes into my repertoire over quite a few years and have learned them from many different sources, some from folk I’ve played with and others from folk I’ve taught! Thanks to all those in both categories for the music and the fun.

 

Quite a few of these tunes are dance tunes, but remember that they don’t need to be played all that fast – the rhythm and phrasing are much more important than mere speed –so never try to play any faster than you can comfortably manage.

 

Karen Marshalsay

Glasgow, 2010