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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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Schools project: Jock O’ the Syde

I’m delighted to be returning for the third year running to work with the Primary 7s at Trinity Primary School in Hawick as they prepare for their own dramatisation of a Border Ballad and performing it at the Hawick Reiver’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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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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SMG Whistle and FluteFling: The Chanter’s Song

This week’s tune is The Chanter’s Song, an Irish march to compare with the Scottish marches we learned last term and also Egan’s Polka, another Irish tune in 2/4 time. This is an interesting tune for a number of reasons. … Continue reading

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FluteFling and SMG whistle events in 2013

We ended the term with a trip to Dalmeny Kirk, combining classes and tunes with a great location. I will be processing and sharing the music presently, but in the mean time our thanks go to the Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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FluteFling and SMG roundup, Midwinter excursion and next term

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 … 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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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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