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FluteFling end of term, SMG students concert

We finished off this term with reels for both FluteFling classes. The Improvers group learned one of my favourite Irish reels, The Otter’s Holt, composed by County Clare fiddler Junior Crehan. This completed a set of three tunes: The Maids … Continue reading

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FluteFling Improvers: The Sailor on the Rock

The Sailor on the Rock is a solid single reel from Ireland. Punchy and in D major, it fits a number of different instruments well enough to have been recorded many times and have some variations in setting. The Fiddler’s … Continue reading

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New SMG whistles and FluteFling tunes: yowes, maids and more

After last week’s hard workout, some consolidation of repertoire was the focus of the SMG whistle class this week. However, by request we looked at the air of a song from the Scottish Borders that is associated with Robert Burns, … Continue reading

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Winter Flutes and Whistles at Dalmeny Kirk

At last I have been able to edit the music from FluteFling Ensemble’s trip to Dalmeny Kirk. This was a coming together of some of the Scots Music Group whistlers and FluteFling whistlers and fluters to play some tunes together … Continue reading

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Another Scots march for the whistle: Greenwoodside

This weeks tune for the Scots Music Group is the Highland pipes march Greenwoodside. Like many, the melody is closely derived from a song, in this case Bonny Greenwoodside, also known as The Cruel Mother. There are various lyrics, but … Continue reading

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SMG Whistle and FluteFling: The Chanter’s Song

This week’s tune is The Chanter’s Song, an Irish march to compare with the Scottish marches we learned last term and also Egan’s Polka, another Irish tune in 2/4 time. This is an interesting tune for a number of reasons. … Continue reading

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FluteFling and SMG whistle January classes

This week saw the new term commence with some lively new tunes and challenges. The whistlers began with another 2/4 tune to add to the Scottish marches of the Autumn. This time we tackled a version of Egan’s Polka, also … Continue reading

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FluteFling and SMG whistle events in 2013

We ended the term with a trip to Dalmeny Kirk, combining classes and tunes with a great location. I will be processing and sharing the music presently, but in the mean time our thanks go to the Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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FluteFling and SMG roundup, Midwinter excursion and next term

We are almost at the end of the Winter term and for the Scots Music Group whistlers we are focusing on the end of term Stramash on Wednesday 5th December, for which we will be playing Tha Mi Sgith and … Continue reading

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FluteFling and SMG roundup: The Pitnacree Ferryman and more

As we have seen recently, traditional tunes often have multiple identities. This week I abandoned my plans for the FluteFling Improvers class to teach The Blackberry Bush, a popular 4-part highland pipe reel because I wasn’t happy with the version … Continue reading

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