Rev Archie Beaton
This is one of the first airs I learnt, and still one of my favourites. I was surprised it wasn’t here already. The transcription (from Fiddlers Companion) is just about as I play it - indeed, I’ve left in the ornamentation because everyone I’ve heard play it, plays a similar version.
Some info lifted from my source, "The Fiddlers’ Companion":
Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning. AAB. Composed by John M. Mason, a lawyer, fiddler and conductor (of the Kilmarnock and Ayr Strathspey and Reel Society and lately the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra in Troon), and a native of the Orkney Islands. The Rev. Airchie Beaton was Minister of Dundonald Parish Church in Ayrshire and a champion of Gaelic culture, who died suddenly in 1971 at a Gaelic event. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 7. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 2, 1988; pg. 19. Green Linnet SIF‑1084, Eugene O’Donnell ‑ "The Foggy Dew" (1988). Rounder RO 7023, Natalie MacMaster - “No Boundaries” (1996).
Lament…Rev Archie Beaton
Beautifully played by the one and only Sandy McIntyre on his cd Steeped in Tradition. John Mason’s The Wild Rose of the Mountain /Ros Fhiadhaich nam Beann is also very beautiful and also played by Sandy on same cd.
There is now a beautiful recording of this piece by Fodens Brass Band with a euphonium solo by Glyn Williams. It is on their ‘Patrons 3’ album and the track is dedicated to the Late Louise Charles whose husband Jmmie played the b flat cornet with the band for 40 years, and is band librarian. The recording is superb.
Two recordings, at least!
It’s on Sandy MacIntyre’s ‘Steeped in Tradition’(1996). You’ll also savour, I’m sure, Track 7:
The Bonny Lass o’ Bon Accord
The Old King’s
And Track 14 with Gail Brown on pipes for:
Pibroch of Domhnall Dubh
Farewell to the Tay
Tulloch Gorum is there too
Inverness County Forever!
Apologies, I’m better now!