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 The Peat Fire Flame.
The Flute Fling Improvers have finished their term now, winding up with The Twisted Bridge, an unusual but driving pipe tune in 3/2. Martyn Bennett plays it here at the end of this lovely set.
Both classes have also been looking at my adaptation of Da Day Dawn, a Shetland fiddle tune traditionally played by the nightwatchman through the streeets of Lerwick before sunrise on New Year’s Day. My setting has been inspired by that of fiddler, singer and dancer Mairi Campbell, who made an arrangement for folk choir. The flute and whistle setting is now available on the class Resources page of The Flow.
The Flute Fling Beginners will meet again this week and will take a look at some tunes useful for the Midwinter excursion, which will be to an amazing location in West Lothian on Sunday 9th December. Friends and family are welcome to come and hear us but it won’t be formally advertised. Please contact me directly to find out more.
Finally, I will shortly be putting up details for next term’s FluteFling classes, which will begin on 10th January. To help with planning, the rough dates are currently available, but one in January will either move or not run due to family commitments. I will be organising this very soon.
SMG whistle classes begin Wednesday 9th January and early bird prices are available until 18th December.
Photo of Kylesku Bridge (CC) Tom Parnell.