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A Strathspey from Kerr's Second Collection of Merry Melodies.
Nice. Will have to see if I can find that. As long as you posted a strathspey, I'll give you a head's up.
Alastair Fraser and Natalie Haas will be at the Ark in A2 tomorrow evening if interested. I think it's $20. Let me know if you want to go but it's fiddle/cello. No banjo, but probably plenty of strathspeys.
Oh, that looks great...especially at the Ark. Dang, working til 9.
Let's try this next time we get together. We don't have any strathspeys.
That might raise an interesting consideration, Wes. Do you think Skinner's playing was similar to the era when most of the music was written (1780s-1830s ????) or do you think his playing was more similar to the "art music" that came later in the Scottish tradition? I've heard that to hear the style more common of the early tradition, Cape Breton is more authentic than the "art music" that came later. Thoughts? Wes, you might have more knowledge on this.
I think it's some of both. He was a trained violinist so he brings that training that he received in the mid 19th century,as well as his experience of period Scottish fiddling, to his playing . As a prodigy and champion player he was, and is, much revered and emulated even in Cape Breton. Incidentally He died 90 years ago today.
I have that LP but my turntable is inoperable. Tried to download the YouTube audio but it appears to be protected. It's good to have as a reference but I never did enjoy it much for its listening "pleasurability".
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