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A brace of Irish reels: The Humours of Ballyconnell and The Drunken Tinker

We finished off the term for the FluteFling Improvers group with two strong Irish reels that are great for building up technique and lifting a session. They both make use of arpeggios to create a riff that drives the music … Continue reading

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A new tune for the whistle: Kate Dalrymple

The SMG whistle class this week took a look at Kate Dalrymple, well-known reel that can often be heard in ceilidhs. As was pointed out in the class, this is used as the theme tune to BBC Scotland’s Take the … 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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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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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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Peat fires and twisted bridges: Autumn part two

Classes resume this week for the SMG whistlers and FluteFling Beginners. Over the break I have been putting some ideas together for tunes for us to learn and have uploaded them to The Flow class resources page. Mairi’s Wedding is … Continue reading

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Greig’s Pipes

I’m not long back from The Border Gaitherin in Coldstream. I really enjoyed the concert and hope to make more of the weekend next time. Thanks to everyone behind the scenes who made it all possible. Fun Flute Classes resume … 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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SMG Whistle: The Boyne Hunt and Miss Mary O’Neill’s Fancy

This week’s tune is The Boyne Hunt, an Irish version of The Perthshire Hunt. A good session tune, not overplayed, but not obscure either. It can go in a set with Mary O’Neill’s Fancy. For more information on this reel, … Continue reading

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