Category Archives: Scots Music Group

September news roundup

Things have been quite busy and while we’re now five weeks into the Autumn term, the blog has been quiet, so time to catch up a little. The biggest news is that FluteFling has now moved to its own dedicated … Continue reading

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Flute and whistle music from Hailes Castle

The recording of this year’s summer excursion of students from FluteFling groups and the Scots Music Group is now available to play and download. The flutes and whistles were recorded in early June at Hailes Castle in East Lothian. On … Continue reading

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Summer flutes and whistles at Hailes Castle

Last Sunday saw the summer excursion of the Edinburgh-based FluteFling and Scots Music Group traditional flutes and whistles. We boldly returned to Hailes Castle in East Lothian, having endured a very wet trip last year and couldn’t have had better … Continue reading

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SMG term ends with a bendy polka for whistles

The SMG summer term ended this week and we finished with the second of two polkas I learned from Conal  Ó Gráda some years ago. A distinctive feature of this tune is the opening of the B part, which is … Continue reading

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The Cork connection: an Irish polka and fling

By coincidence, the two classes this week both learned tunes with Cork connections. The SMG Whistlers class learned the first of two polkas that I learned from County Cork flute player Conal Ó Gráda many years ago at a workshop … Continue reading

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New term, new tunes: The Iona Boat Song and The New Claret

The summer term began this week with a look at some Scottish tunes with a little bit of history behind them. The SMG whistlers looked at Caol Muile (The Straits of Mull) or The Iona Boat Song. Another Scottish Boat … Continue reading

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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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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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