T: Routin' Linn
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Routin' Linn has been added to 6 tunebooks.
This is the first reel I ever wrote. It’s named after one of my favourite places on the planet. It’s a place my dad used to take me to when we were little and I used to think it was magic. It was in the middle of nowhere. You had to walk along a track towards a farm, and then at a certain unmarked point you could either veer off right or left.
The right hand path took you to some prehistoric cup and ring markings, where you could imagine people had once sat tripping on magic mushrooms and drawing cool designs on the rocks.
If you took the left path you had to walk through a quiet wood full of bluebells and descend into this sort of small gorge. Then you had to walk along the side of a river for a while, climbing over all the gnarled tree trunks. At the end of the path was a beautiful little waterfall like something out of a fairy tale, surrounded by caves which you could actually crawl inside. There were also stepping stones so you could get across to the big cave at the other side. It was a natural kids’ adventure playground!
"Rout" (in standard pronunciation this would rhyme with "trout", but Geordie pronunciation can make it sound like "root") is a now rarely-used word meaning "roar". "Linn" is a dialect word for "waterfall".
I’ve found some pictures of the waterfall, rock art and the overhanging rock we used to crouch under. It’s not the same as actually being there though http://www.megalithic.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=My_eGallery&file=index&do=showgall&gid=237
There are a lot of different spellings of the name. My spelling of "Routin’" comes from the actual signpost to the farm on the roadside.
And here’s one that makes the waterfall look more dramatic than it actually is http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~afitch/TT_Pics/pages/Routin%20Linn.htm
I think this one’s better http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.gibbins/nempf/Exhibition/2004_Slide_Results/2004_slide_results.html
And here are 2 more. I think I’ve probably found all the images available on the net!
Oh my god these pics of the rock art are awesome! http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/post/7563
Hello…Dow? You there? Wake up Dow… hello…
I like the tune Dow. When you encounter the second part the center of gravity shifs in an interesting way and kind of turns inside-out for a moment. It reminds me of the pics of the "hanging rocks." Nice tune, magic place. Well done.