Odd Music for Highland and National Dances

Iain E. Garden Richardson

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> Date sent: Tue, 28 Mar 1995 15:33:57 -0600
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> Subject: Re: Odd Music for Highland and National Dances
> I love the old 45 r.p.m. recording of mouth music for Shepherd's
Crook
> and for Foursome Reel (by Calum Kennedy, I believe). There are also
> arrangements for Cauld Kail in Aberdeen (SCD) and for the Hebridean
> Weaving Lilt. As I said, I _love_ it, but some of our dancers think
> it is "odd" or even "not very Scottish" --can you believe it!

That's an "odd" attitude on the part of your dancing colleagues,
since mouth music is a very traditional form of dance music. There's
a good short story by (I think) George Mackay Brown called (I think)
"Silver", which illustrates just how "modern" and "new-fangled"
Scottish accordion music is in comparison :-)

Cheers

Iain.

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