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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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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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Mull, Arran and Scattery Island music resources

There seems to be a theme developing this term as all of the whistle and flute classes are working on tunes associated with islands. And from discussions we have been having, there may be more to come. All music resources … Continue reading

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Fun Flute Improvers: a brace of reels: The Mountain Road and The Dunmore Lasses

In the final Fun Flute Improvers class of the term we looked at two well-known Irish reels that complement Greig’s Pipes. The Mountain Road is in the key of D and was written by Sligo fiddler Michael Gorman, while The … Continue reading

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SMG Whistle and Fun Flute updates

The SMG Beginners Whistle group are doing very well this year and have begun looking at some tunes covered not that long ago by the Fun Flute Improvers Flute group. The tunes are The Lilting Banshee and The Mug of … Continue reading

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Fun Flute: The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday

This term the Improvers group are looking a couple of strathspeys and a reel. The first is The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday, written by William Marshall. In the key of G major, it sits nicely on the wooden flute and … Continue reading

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Fun Flute: The Dusty Miller

This week we complete our set of three Irish slip jigs with The Dusty Miller. There are several tunes with this title, some of which are slip jigs and there are different versions even of these. I believe there may … Continue reading

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Flutes and whistles: Midwinter at Craigmillar Castle

Midwinter at Craigmillar Castle, a recording of whistles and flutes playing traditional music in Craigmillar Castle in Edinburgh has just been made available. Just before Christmas students from Fun Flute and SMG whistle came together to play some tunes in … Continue reading

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Border Gaitherin’ 2011 recordings available

Recordings of the tunes taught at the recent Border Gaitherin’ have been made available for download at sister site The Flow. Released under a Creative Commons licence, the recordings feature tunes that exist in Northumbrian, Scottish and Irish traditions: The … Continue reading

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Fun Flute: Farewell to Whisky

The Fun Flute Improvers group are learning Farewell to Whisky, a Scots fiddle tune from 1799 written by Neil Gow (1727-1807), fiddler to the Duke of Atholl in Perthshire. The tune commemorates the prohibition of whisky-making in Scotland at a … Continue reading

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