More Grog Coming
A real Trowie Tune this one and possible candidate for the finest Shetland reel never played.
The earliest source I can find for this is the 1973 Shetland Fiddle Music LP from the School of Scottish Studies (https://thesession.org/recordings/666) where Gibbie Gray of Unst pairs it with ‘The lass that made the bed for me’ (https://thesession.org/tunes/4034). The liner notes to that disc state that, "Neither of these two tunes can be traced elsewhere".
In 1978 John Martin of Ossian can then be heard playing it on St Kilda Wedding (https://thesession.org/recordings/518) pairing it with Tilley Plump (https://thesession.org/tunes/5973) and Da Foostra. John himself told me that he no longer plays the tune but that he too found it on the School of Scottish Studies recording and thinks it might have been a Roger Jamieson composition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9ayf1mgcqQ
It’s also been recorded by Manchester based Irish band the House Devils. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAAqjsp8Cjs
This setting is my own from the playing of John Martin. The key here is hitting the syncopated, double-stopped low D nice and strongly and sliding it into tune.
More Grog Coming, X:2
I’ve added a transcription of Gibbie Gray’s playing on the original School of Scottish Studies recording. Although this LP was released the recordings were made (if I recall the sleeve notes correctly) from 1955.