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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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End of Term: a Breton Waltz revisited

FluteFling finished for the summer with a Breton waltz. Valse de Galorn is a relatively simple tune in E dorian (has just two sharps*) that I also taught last year. I learned the tune from a recording of Shegui entitled … Continue reading

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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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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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FluteFling slip jigs from Northumberland and Scotland

This week in the Improvers class we looked at a slip jig as a companion to The New Claret, which we learned earlier in the term. The main focus was The Peacock Followed the Hen, a Northumbrian tune that is … Continue reading

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Flute tone exploration project

Yesterday I began a project with flute player and composer Amble Skuse to explore flute tone. As part of the project, we’ll be recording and blogging about our thoughts and experiences. This is the first of a number of entries … 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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Children’s Traditional Whistle Class in Edinburgh

Booking is now taking place for the Traditional Whistle classes at Portobello Music School in Edinburgh that will continue next term after the Summer holidays. Following on from a successful first year, there will be classes for beginners and those … Continue reading

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New flute and whistle tunes for May: a jig and a fling

Last night the SMG whistlers made good progress with what seemed to be a daunting task a couple of weeks ago, learning the Scottish jig A Fisherman’s Song for Attracting Seals. A very unusual tune in its use of repetitive … Continue reading

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New beginner jig: Ciamar a nì mi an Dannsa Dìreach?

This week the SMG Beginners whistle class consolidated The Iona Boat Song and began looking at a jig. This one is a piece of Gaelic mouth music called Ciamar a nì mi an Dannsa Dìreach? (How Can I do the … Continue reading

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