Today we still play a vast body of ‘traditional’ tunes that link us to people in the past; tunes that may have been composed by people who died hundreds of years ago, and we will never know their names. Other tunes are named after people about whom we may know little or nothing but their tunes still live on, and are cherished. This August I was staying with my friends Matt and Carolyn Buckley, in Richmond, Vermont, USA, when my wife Pat Skyped me to let me know that our friend Adrian had died.Read more »
Bonny Lad if you can shew me the way to Wallington This odd looking tune is displayed in the FARNE archive, in the section devoted to the Henry Clough Collection, with the following note :- “This may or may not be a version of the more common tune of a similar title; it is included as a curiosity and to see whether anyone can decipher its meaning - the ending has shades of The Rocky Road to Dublin, and while strain 2 is evidently in 9/8 strain 1 is more erratically written.Read more »
JTLO Workshop That stands for the ‘John Tose Light Orchestra’, a name Ian Clabburn came up with last year for my G and D pipes harmony workshop. I’ll be doing it again this year, but this time with something a little easier - a nice slow processional from Galicia. In addition we’ll probably have a go at something from the previous two years repertoire. The Marcha Procesional de San Benito was composed by Xose Benito Gonzalez of ‘Os Dezas de Moneixas’ fame.Read more »
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