T: James F. Dickie
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Also known as J. F. Dickie, J.F. Dickie’s.
There are 12 recordings of this tune.
James F. Dickie has been added to 27 tunebooks.
Common, and great, Scottish session tune.
Composed by J Murdoch Henderson, in 1932. JMH was a huge enthusiast of Scottish fiddling, and wrote a slow strathspey and reel set for his friend, fiddler Jim Dickie of New Deer, Aberdeenshire. Dickie played in a style which was very much of its time, and not always easily accessible to modern ears, but there’s no doubt he was a very accomplished player in the Scott Skinner mode. Henderson wrote of him, "A player of great taste and polish. In the rendering of slow strathspeys and E flat airs in general his style is inimitable."
Topic produced a couple of LPs of his stuff in the 1970s, and his son, also a fiddler, produced a private cassette a little later. All these recordings were done, I believe, when Dickie was at a fairly advanced age.
Where did you get your version, prouse?
The ABC’s were not quite correct when submitted; I have altered them but the sheet music has not been changed as yet. The version I wanted to put on the the data base is that played by the Scottish fiddler John Martin
Thanks again Nigel
I recorded this myself at the very last meeting of the Guardbridge Accordion & Fiddle Club on
02.06.93. by the Wayne Robertson Trio, just after I returned from studies in Geneva and France.
I didn’t dare play the box myself there! Now I want to play the tune and many others myself!
I removed all the the a.k.a. "… Delight" from this tune, as this is the Reel, not the strathspey named "James F. Dickie’s Delight". That one is here: https://thesession.org/tunes/15500
I learned this from the concertina playing of Simon Thoumire as the last tune in his "Tipsy Sailor" set from his 2003 release "The Big Day In" with David Mulligan. He has some high C sharps that present a challenge on the fiddle, not so much the banjo. Worthy tune, starting the day with it induces optimism about the world in general.
I wrote above, "…his son, also a fiddler, produced a private cassette a little later…"
That should read " …his son-in-law, also a fiddler, produced a private cassette a little later…"