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Waverley Station: First Stop! New sets for Scottish Country Dancing: Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys, and Waltzes David Knight, fiddle / Liz Donaldson, piano / Ralph Gordon, cello and bass Historically, Scotland has been among the most dance-mad cultures to share it's music with the planet. We are thrilled to bring you Scotland's dance-driven repertoire, throwing in great tunes from Ireland, Canada, and America for good measure. The tunes on this recording have entered the tradition at some point in the past 400 years. Early sources include The Lute Book of Gordon of Straloch (1580-1661), which gave us the tune 'I long for thy virginitie' (track 5). The new, Italian design of the violin entered Scotland in the mid-eighteenth century, generating new musical forms such as the uniquely Scottish Strathspey. It also unlocked great creativity in composers such as Robert Macintosh (track 4), Robert Petrie (track 3) and William Marshall (tracks 3 and 4) and continued to inspire their musical heirs such as Robert Lowe (track 9). We also included the mouth music of the Western Isles of Scotland (S' ann an Ile) (track 9), the fiddle music of the Shetlands (Jock Broke da Prison Door) (track 11), and music from Scotland's great bagpipe tradition (Donald Macpherson's The Curlew) (track 10), As much as we love the old tunes, we also love tunes coming out of the modern end of the tradition by fiddlers in Scotland (Ian Hardie) (track 10), Canada (Richard Wood) (track 6), and the United States (Rebecca Pringle (track 6) and Barbara McOwen (track 11)). Both of us have been personally and profoundly influenced by the clearing that Barbara has made for Scottish dance music in America. This tradition has provided inspiration for our own musical compositions, some of which we included in these new sets. But the real energy of the music comes from the dancers who use it to fly... We thank you for sharing flight with us. David and Liz, September 2002 WAVERLEY S
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Publication Date20110308
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Waverley Station: First Stop!

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