Cream of the Barley Blenders
This is a reel composed by Jim Johnstone, I think. It’s taken from a home cassette recording of a radio broadcast of ‘Accordion ’89’ (maybe ’88) on Radio Forth. I was at the concert at the Edinburgh Playhouse and it featured as special guests the Cape Breton Symphony and Bobby Brown with his Scottish Accent Band. Jim Johnstone’s Band was the house band for the occasion and I understand he wrote this tune for CBS to perform in honour of the sponsors of the concert – producers of a well-known brand of blended Scotch Whisky which, according to ScotchWhisky.net is the best-selling Scotch Whisky in Ireland.
“Cream of the Barley” ~ C: Jim Johnstone
There is a tune listed in his collection, but unable to find my copy I only have what’s online to check and there it is merely listed as "Cream of the Barley"…
Nice to have someone else make a contribution to Jim Johnstone appreciation week… ;-)
Thanks for posting this!
This is a really fun tune to play, and if it wasn’t for you taking the time to post it, I might’ve never even heard it. This has the good lilt to it that all Celtic music should have- you could’ve told me nobody knew it’s origin and it’s at least 200 years old, and I would’ve believed it! Thanks again!!