Ross and Ali tunes
I posted this over at C&F in the whistle forum as well.
I was aware of Ross Ainslie a bit before he came to Celtic Colours here in Cape Breton last year, but didn’t know much about him really. Loved what I heard last year, with Brighde Chaimbeul and Steven Byrnes, Ross and Brighde playing smallpipes. Also saw Steven with Kate Rusby. (Sidenote: Steven looks to me like a badass Music Elf dragged out of some Tolkien trad pub, meaning that as a compliment).
I’ve been getting deeper into his music, and his whistle playing, especially with Ali Hutton…. their CD Symbiosis, and now I’m starting to listen deeper to Symbiosis II. I really like how pipers approach the whistle…. I know there is a thread on here (C&F) that says not much in the way of technique transfers over, not GHB anyway, but their approach seems different to me. Not what I’m used to, and as a lot of the music is fast and intricate, it’s challenging.
Anyway, I found Ross and Ali have been putting up slow versions of some of the tunes off the CD’s on Facebook , with dots for some of them. There are at least eight pieces of sheetmusic on FB, maybe more, and there are more on Ali’s website. It’s a bit challenging, because the names of the tracks on the CD are not necessarily easy to attach to the tune names, without the liner notes (I’m listening to the tunes on Spotify until I get the CD’s, but The Session has all the tunes listed). For example, the track Sisters is two Ali tunes named Eva’s and Aliyah’s (his nieces), and that tune is listed on his website here: https://alihutton.com/tunes/. There may be a lot more there.
The ones on FB are kind of hard to find…. I have a minimal and reluctant membership there (they think I am a border collie named Oengus), and I’m not great at finding them, but, if you search on there for #STEMZ or STEMZ you will find some unrelated stuff, and the videos of Ross and sometimes Ali doing slowish version of the tunes… the dots may be in separate posts, or, they may be in the comments to the videos. It’s very educational to watch what they are doing in somewhat-slow motion. If this link works, it should take you to ‘Kings of the Mountain’ from the second CD https://www.facebook.com/rossandali/posts/2092836317698503.
In Cape Breton, Nova Scotia