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A Strathspey from Kerr's Second Collection of Merry Melodies.

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Comment by Al Smitley on March 15, 2017 at 7:36pm

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08zd3hI87bc

Comment by Timothy Twiss on March 15, 2017 at 9:23pm

Oh, that looks great...especially at the Ark. Dang, working til 9.

Comment by Al Smitley on March 16, 2017 at 8:09am

Let's try this next time we get together.  We don't have any strathspeys.

Comment by Al Smitley on March 16, 2017 at 8:09am

Let's try this next time we get together.  We don't have any strathspeys.

Comment by Wes Merchant on March 16, 2017 at 5:42pm
It's interesting to note that James Scott Skinner, the "Strathspey King" won the strathspey and reel competitions at Inverness in 1863 and there are early 20th century recodings of his playing.
Comment by Al Smitley on March 16, 2017 at 5:48pm

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.

Comment by Wes Merchant on March 17, 2017 at 8:29am

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.

 https://youtu.be/bEl1PcdNj2o

Comment by Al Smitley on March 17, 2017 at 8:42am

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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