Sunset Over Foula waltz

By Ronald Cooper

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Sunset Over Foula has been added to 17 tune sets.

Sunset Over Foula has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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“Sunset Over Foula” by Ronnie Cooper, 1934-1982 ~ the appreciation continues…

“Sunset Over Foula”

Ronnie Cooper (1934-1982)

“Brought up in Lerwick firmly in the tradition of Scottish Dance Music as played by Jimmy Shand and his ilk, Ronald Cooper soon stamped his own indelible impression on the genre with his tunes, composed in the Scottish idiom, but with a unique Shetland flavour.~”

The Fiddler’s Companion ~ Andrew Kuntz

“Sunset Over Foula”

SUNSET OVER FOULA. Shetland, Waltz. D Major. Standard. One part. Composed in the 1950’s by Shetland accordion and piano player Ronnie Cooper, and recorded by him with the band “The Hamefarers” (which also included Scottish fiddle Willie Hunter). Matthiesen (Waltz Book II), 1995; pg. 55. Thule Records, “The Hamefarers” (c. 1950’s).

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“Sunset Over Foula” / “Isles of Glentness” / “Starry Nights of Shetland” ~ medley
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Recording: “Iain Anderson: Silver Strings” ~ track 11:

Submitted on December 14th 2006 by Iain Anderson.

Have a listen here to one of ours, ‘TheSesh’ member and Shetland Fiddler Iain Anderson’s take on it, by-the-book, but with credentials and an enviable tone, from his debut recording “Silver Strings”, track 11:

X: 1134
T: Sunset over Foula ~ by-the-book 😉, but sweet
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: D Major
|: A2 |
d4 e2 | d4 F2 | A6 | F4 A2 | B4 c2 | d4 F2 | A6- | A4 A2 |
f4 g2 | f4 e2 | d6 | A4 d2 | B4 c2 | d4 (3FGF | E6- | E4 A2 |
d4 e2 | d4 F2 | A6 | F4 A2 | B4 c2 | d4 F2 | A6- | A4 A2 |
f4 g2 | f4 e2 | d6 | B4 d2 | A4 d2 | f4 e2 | d6- | d4 :|

Sunset Over Foula

Foula is a small island way out to the West of the main Shetland archipelago - either Fair Isle or Foula has the distinction of being the remotest inhabited island of the UK, I don’t know which. On the horizon, its skyline showing five peaks of varying size, it commands attention and makes you wonder what it’s like to go there. The highest peak is some 1300 feet, high for Shetland, and it and the other peaks overlook very high cliffs that fall down to the sea on the West side of the island. To add to its mystique, the sun sometimes appears to be about to set *between* a viewer on (Shetland) Mainland and Foula. This gave rise to a book’s title, “Foula: Island West Of The Sun”.

Appreciated nicholas, I’d forgotten to add the geographic detail, aside from the picture. A very welcomed addition well put…

“Ronas Voe” ~ another waltz by Ronnie Cooper

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on June 11th 2007 by ceolachan.

These two are often found in the company of each other…

“Foula” means “Bird Island”, from Norse or Norn. In the past when many Shetlanders lived at subsistence level various seabirds were part of the islanders’ diet, so places where they were abundant, like Foula, were noted.

Including Puffins, which up until recently were a delicacy…also in the Canadian Maritimes… Yum yum…

The real delicatesse on the ‘near by’ Faroe islands is puffin’s brain served still in the bird… at least not alive anymore… Yum yum.

And they just keep coming…

Oh yeah, and barbecued swifts too, finger lickin’ good… 😉

Re: Sunset Over Foula

With bass