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Ptarmigan

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  • Birthday 09/21/1951

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    I am a retired full time musician, a Scotsman living in Co. Antrim, who plays Traditional Music on Fiddle, English Concertina, Hammered Dulcimer & Nyckelharpa.

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    The Causeway Coast, Ireland.

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  1. Yes, the Eithne Ní Uallacháin version is absolutely gorgeous alright & was my inspiration for recording the Air. As you know, there is a discussion on this song over on - Mudcat Cheers, Dick
  2. Táim Cortha ó Bheith im'Aonar i Mo Luí. . The Air to an old Traditional Irish song, whose title in English is - 'I am Weary From Lying Alone'. Played on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle, Tenor Guitar & Bodhran. Lockdown Video #724 Cheers, Dick
  3. The Baron o' Brackley. ( Air & March ) . The Air to Child Ballad 203 from Aberdeenshre & the 2/4 March composed by J. Scott Skinner. Played on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle, Tenor Guitar & Bodhran. Lockdown Video #723 Cheers, Dick
  4. Glad you enjoyed it Jody. For the record, I have been reliably informed that the Irish for Swan is actually - Eala, while the Irish for Penguin is - Piongain. 😀 Cheers, Dick
  5. The Bonny Cuckoo! ( An Chuaichin Mhaiseach ) . An old traditional Irish Air, first published in 1726. It is believed that Carolan composed his tune - 'Si Bheag Si Mhor' after hearing this ancient tune. Played on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Fiddle, Whistle & Bodhran. Lockdown Video #722 It was wonderful to hear the Cuckoo calling again, at 5.30am this morning, while listening to the dawn chorus from my back door. Incidentally, when I googled the Irish name for this tune today, I got two different answers - The Bonny Swan & The Bonny Penguin. 😳 .. There aren't many Penguins to be found around the coast of Ireland. 😀 Chers, Dick
  6. Hi Roger, The fact is, Slow Strathspeys are never danced to. Technically, they're always played much more slowly than regular Strathspeys, but at the same time, they're not Slow Airs. If you want to hear an expert playing & talking about the Art of the Slow Strathspey, you might like to check out this video by Paul Anderson. - The Slow Strathspey Cheers, Dick P.S. Here's a fine example of a Slow Strathspey.
  7. Madam Frederick! . A traditional Scottish Slow Strathspey composed by William Marshall & first published in 1797. I learned it from the playing of James F Dickie of New Deer, the 'Master of the Strathspey'. Played on English Concertina and Fiddle. Lockdown Video #721 Cheers, Dick
  8. To be honest, one of the reasons I moved away from Anglo to English, was so that I could play all those lovely Slow Airs, Planxtys & Strathspeys that I enjoy so much & also be able to play them in any key. As with so many things though, I had to compromise, because in the move I sadly lost the ability to play flowing Reels, but as I already play them on the Fiddle anyway, I felt it was worth it. 🙂 Cheers, Dick
  9. 😳 Changing the key of the Master's work! 🙄 ... sacrilegious! .. Poor James will be spinning in his grave! 😀
  10. Yes, that's the bones of it. The only change I would make, would be to alter that bar near the end of each part, from - A2Bc2f ... to A2cd2f. 🙂 Cheers, Dick
  11. Well done David. I'm afraid I don't do ABCs so have no way of checking this, but I'm sure it's fine. As for the ornaments/grace notes, yes, that's the beauty of traditional music, for we all try & play our tunes a little differently each time round. Having said that my ornaments & variations are rather modest, compared to the mighty playing of James F Dickie & J. Scott Skinner. 🙂 Cheers, Dick
  12. Hi, No : The Duke Of Fife's Welcome To Deeside is a completely different tune. I didn't actually find any written music or ABCs for this one, but then that's the benefit of learning tunes by ear. 🙂 Cheers, Dick
  13. 'Braes of Aughtertyre' for - World Play a Strathspey Day! . A traditional Scottish Slow Strathspey first published in 1761. I learned it from the playing of James F Dickie of New Deer, the 'Master of the Strathspey'. Played on English Concertina and Fiddle. Lockdown Video #720 Cheers, Dick
  14. 'Leaving the Glen'. . A fine Scottish March, learned from the playing of the late, great James F. Dickie, of New Deer. The full title is The Duke of Fife's Piper leaving the Glen & it was composed by J. Scott Skinner. Played on English Concertina, Fiddle, Tenor Guitar, Tenor Banjo & Bodhran. Lockdown Video #719 Cheers, Dick
  15. Craigieburn Wood. . Traditional Scottish Air, first published in 1797. Robert Burns composed a song to the Air, for his friend, a Mr Gillespie. Played on Hammered Dulcimer, English Concertina, Tenor Guitar, Fiddle, Whistle & Bodhran. Lockdown Video #718 Cheers, Dick
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