St. Kilda Wedding
This is a traditional Scottish reel, which is especially popular among the fiddlers of the country.
My version here is a composite of the two slightly different settings. The first part comes from the playing of Deaf Shepherd in their second album while the second part is based on the playing of another young Scottish band Keep It Up. (Deaf Shepherd recorded it as the harmony of a song.)
Just like many Irish flute players do not play Mrs. McLeod in the original key, I play this tune in G as a whistle player. There is nothing like A major version, but G major one is still acceptable to my ears.
Does anyone play this fine reel in Donegal or Cape Breton?
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You can listen to Mattrick playing a fantastic version of the tune: http://worldfiddlemusic.co.uk/mightycraiconline In a different key, it reminds me of Scottish band Ossian.
St. Kilda Wedding in G
A great Scots reel in a flute-friendly key:
G2GB GBdB|A2BG E2DE|G2BA GBdB|1 e2ed edeg:|2 e2ed edef|]
g2ga gddg|efgf e2dc|Bdef gfeg|dBgB A2BA|
Gggf gddg|efgf e2dc|Bdef gfeg|dBgB A2BA|]
This G major setting will go nicely with Colonel McBain (Edor one).
Sublime — Alasdair White & Sean O’Donnell
2nd tune, 1 minute 25 seconds in.
X: 3 is a Cape Breton setting from the playing of Troy MacGillivray, recorded live in 2007 for his CD "Live at the Music Room".
Martyn Bennett & co.
St Kilda Wedding
Most folkies of a certain age in Scotland were captivated by a new group based in Glasgow called Ossian. The opening few seconds of their second LP, St Kilda Wedding (1978) still takes me back to that wonderful time. They play "St Kilda Wedding" in the key of D, probably to fit in with Billy Jackson’s pipes. X:4 above is a transcription of that setting.