The Fiddler And His Art

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  1. Lady Madelina Sinclair
    Sandy Cameron
  2. Mackintosh’s Lament
  3. The Atholl Highlander’s March To Loch Katrine
    The Inverness Gathering
    Corriemonie’s Rant
    Alexander Duff
  4. Gabhaidh Sinn An Rathad Mor
  5. The Renfrewshire Militia
  6. The Stronsay
    Jock Halcrow
  7. The Headlands
    The Caledonian March
    The Standing Stones Of Stenness
  8. The Braes Of Tullymet
    Captain Keeler
  9. Jimmy Nettles
    Cam You Here To Coort And Clap
    Mither Put Me To The Well
    The High Road To Linton
  10. Neil Gow’s Lament For Whisky
  11. Mills Hills
    Pipe Major J. Stewart
    The Lodge Of Glentana
    Gavin MacMillan
  12. James F. Dickie’s Delight
    J. F. Dickie
  13. My Heart Is Broke Since Thy Departure
  14. Mrs Major Stewart Of The Island Of Java
    Madame Frederick
    Earl Grey
    Waverley Ball

Two comments

The Fiddler and his Art

Tracks 1 to 4 are of Donald MacDonnell a West Highland Fiddler
Track 5 is of Hugh Inkster, an Orcadian
Tracks 6 & 7 are of Pat Shearer, another Orcadian
Tracks 8 & 9 are of John Reid
Track 9 is of Andrew Poleson of Shetland
Track 10 is of Albert Stewart of Perthshire
Tracks 11 to 14 are of the ‘Daddy of them all’, the one & only Hector MacAndrew.

In my opinion, this recording is worth getting, even for Hector’s playing alone - the other tracks are simply a bonus!

Andrew Poleson

Having already gotten the recording of Shetland fiddle from the School of Scottish Studies, when I heard track 9 of this recording I noticed a remarkable resemblance to Poleson’s playing and thought it must be him. Not surprised to learn here that I was right. I love the tunes he plays here, pity he doesn’t put them in a set. I also love Hugh Inkster’s playing of the “Renfrewshire Militia” as well as Donald MacDonald’s stuff, particularly on track 3.