I got this from The Kathryn Tickell Band’s first album (with Kathryn on fiddle) - I haven’t heard it elsewhere. The sleeve notes give little information about it - only that it was learnt from fiddler Chuck Fleming (Anyone here know who he is?). My guess is that it was composed sometime in the latter half of the 20th century, perhaps by someone from Shetland or the Scottish Borders (more likely, given the title).
It’s ‘hornpipey’ endings would make it stick out like a sore thumb in an Irish session, but it’s a good, driving reel. I don’t play it much these days because I don’t know anyone else who plays it. Thanks for reminding me of it, Snowyowl.
Chuck Fleming is a great Fiddle Player from arund the Newcastle/Sunderland area. He used to play in the JSD Band in the late 70s early 80s. There was an accoustic Version of this Band at the end of the 90s. Chuck also played with the truly amazing Champion String Band. Their only album from more than 20 Years ago is still running constantly in my car. He also was a member of the Whisky Priests for a short period and played a duo with Bob Fox.
He used to play in Syncopace also. I saw him play in a pub in Durham.
By the way, it’s “Edinburgh”.
Sorry Dwo, I have a hand complaint which makes me interchange two letters in every proper noun I type.
Oops! I’ve gone and messed up Jreemy’s lovely search facility, haven’t I? Sorry.
It’s easily changeable, David. But only you or Jeremy can do it. Go to “edit details”.
chuck is from Loanhead near edinburgh, lives in County durham, in a band called Lyra Celtica among other things
“Farewell To Edinburgh”
The tune’s natural rhythm and confinement within an octave scale in A major suggest to me that it might have begun life as a 2/4 Highland bagpipe march, rather like, e.g., “The 79th’s Farewell To Gibraltar”.
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