The Fiddler’s Companion

By Various Artists

  1. Shakins O’ The Pocky
    Princess Beatrice
  2. Firth House
    Mrs Forbes Leith
  3. Well May Charlie Wear The Crown
    Far O’er Struy
    Lady Dorothea Stewart Murray’s Wedding March
  4. Donald MacLean’s Farewell To Oban
  5. Gin Ye Kiss My Wife I’ll Tell The Minister
    Round With A Health To Glorious Wellington
  6. Robert Innes Of Stirling University
    Whistle O’er The Lave O’t
    East Neuk O’ Fife
  7. Methlick Style
    Madam Neruda
  8. Merrily Danced The Quaker’s Wife
    My Wife’s A Wanton Wee Thing
    Stool Of Repentance
  9. Balmoral Castle
    Miller O’ Dervil
    James Hardie
  10. Da Sixereen
    Willafjord
    Da Grocer
  11. Mr A. G. Wilkin’s Favourite
    Jenny Hardie’s
  12. Earl Haig
    The Laird O’ Drumblair
    Speed The Plough
  13. Chapel Keithack
  14. The Muir O’ Gellan
    Gillan’s
  15. Gight Castle
    Mrs J. H. Alexander
    J. H. Alexander Esq

One comment

Re: The Fiddler’s Companion

I purchased The Caledonian Companion (A Collection of Scottish Fiddle Music and Guide to its Performance) by Alastair J Hardie from Amazon, thinking that this CD was included to illustrate the techniques discussed in the book. I was able to find it at AllCelticMusic.com, so I didn’t have to buy the booklet again to complete the set. Buyer Beware, read the fine print!

This is a great CD with each tune played by a Master Fiddler as a solo, so it is easy to hear the techniques. I was particularly charmed by the album notes that gave a short biography of each fiddler, but also described the fiddles they played. The various fiddlers, tracks and fiddles they play:

Tom Anderson (10) - Alex Leask, Shetland 1965
Aly Bain (1, 2) - Karl Meyer, Germany 1890s
Angus Grant (3, 4) - Joseph Redbiman, Aberdeen 1771
Alastair Hardie (5, 6, 7) - Hippolyte Charles Silvestre (Neveu), Lyon 1867
Bill Hardie (11, 12) - George Webster, Aberdeen 1963
Hector MacAndrew (13, 14, 15) - Pietro Guarnerius, Italy 18th century
Donald Stewart (8, 9) - Conservatory Instrument, Germany mid 19th century