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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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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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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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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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Chorriechollie’s and the Folk Process

We’ve been learning Chorriechollie’s Farewell to the Northern Meeting at the SMG whistle classes. Or have we? One of the students (thanks John!) did some research on the tune as he was already familiar with it and  learned that the … Continue reading

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Autumn mid-term roundup

I have taken the opportunity to catch up with some housekeeping for FluteFling and SMG whistle classes. Firstly, the class resources page at The Flow has been tidied up and it should be much easier to find things. Basically, material … Continue reading

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Tha Mi Sgith: a Gaelic lullaby for flutes and whistles

This week saw consolidation of our tunes in the classes and the FluteFling classes started looking at a couple of new tunes to work on over the next three weeks. See below for news on the scheduled break and classes. … Continue reading

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The Flow Music tin whistle guide part 1: entry-level

A few students have asked me about different types of whistles as the choice and range can be confusing. This is an overview of what is available and where to find out some more information. I haven’t tried or heard … Continue reading

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