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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Happy Birthday To The Strathspey King!

On this day in 1843, James Scott Skinner, one of Scotland's most famous fiddlers was born. After winning several local competitions in dancing and fiddling competitions, he began teaching dancing and fiddle lessons. He soon caught the eye of Queen Victoria who asked him to become the official dance master of the royal family at Balmoral. By 1868 he had 125 pupils! He soon after began to publish his own compositions. He is most well known for his strathspeys.

Here is an example of a few of his songs:

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The first 4 songs are strathspeys (Mary Scott, The Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn, Lord Kelly, Sir Harry's Welcome Home). The rest are reels (The Dismissal Reel, Paddy on the Turnpike, The Yellow Tinker). Played by Natalie Macmaster on her recording, My Roots Are Showing.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Gravelbelly said...

If this & another post I've listened to reflect your taste in music, I want you to know I really like it.

August 8, 2008 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thank you, sir!

Yes, acoustic Celtic is definitely my favorite music. Traditional/Historical. Natalie Macmaster's music is some of the best I've found. Her more recent recordings, unfortunately, have too much of a contemporary flavor to them.

August 9, 2008 at 12:21 AM  

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