Source: Chris Stout Quintet, "Devil’s Advocate."
First tune in a set of 4. Really fantastic fiddle and sax playing by Chris Stout and Fraser Fifield respectively.
Will post more details about the author(s) when I find the CD again! Just got stuck in my head and had to put it down in ABC 🙂
The CD credits suggest this is a traditional tune.
Arggh.. My bad.. Read the wrong line.. Chris Stout wrote this tune for Phil Alexander.
HA! Actually, I take it back. The track numbering on the CD is wrong — tracks 4 and 5 are reversed. Thus, this tune is "Aith Rant," a traditional, arranged by the CSQ.
Another mystery solved..
this tune comes from Cunningsburgh, Shetland, and is supposed to be a fairy tune, or trowie tune. A trow is a fairy-like thing in Shetland.
As played by J Irvine, Roadside, Cunningsburgh
In about 1790, a Cunningsburgh carpenter was coming home after celebrating the completion of a sixareen*. He heard sounds coming from a green mound and crept nearer to investigate. By the light of the moon he could see through a crack in a rock a trowie dance in full swing.Being a noted fiddler, he managed to take down the tune in sol-fa, and when he got home he played it on his fiddle."
- Tom Anderson and Tom Georgeson, ‘Da Mirrie Dancers’ (Lerwick 1970)
* A sixareen is a clinker-built boat. Tom Anderson wrote a great tune called "Da Sixareen".
Alastair Anderson, on his 1974 ‘Concertina Workshop’ played "Aith Rant" followed by "Framm Upon Him" and "Da Sooth End".
Re: Aith Rant
One of the albums I have has a set with this jig, followed by Vallafield, Garster’s Dream and then another jig not listed. I’ve found the histories of the 3 above tunes very fascinating and can see why they would be put together in a set.