Composed by the late Ian Powrie, this is a tune in the manner of a pipe retreat. The title translates, I think, as ‘the blue house’ and is possibly where Ian lived during the 1980s in Strathearn, Perthshire, not far from me.
Powrie was born in 1923 at Strathardle, near Blairgowrie in Perthshire. His father, Will Powrie, was an accomplished melodeon player, and recorded several excellent sides for Beltona during the early 1930s, and some with his very young son Ian in 1933. At age twelve Ian was playing in his father’s dance band, but on piano accordion! In 1949 he formed his first band, this time playing fiddle while his brother Bill played accordion.
A wee cracker Nigel, thanx. A nice tune and although I’d need to slow my editor down to do it justice the retreat in it comes through nicely :~)
Tigh na Gorm translates as “House of the Blue”. It was apparently the home of Jimmy Blue, the accordionist in Ian Powrie’s band. Jimmy Blue took over from Ian Powrie after he emigrated.