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Gesto Collection, Index, page 1 of 3
JSS0340
Gesto Collection, Index, page 1 of 3 Page 1 of 3 of the Index to Keith Norman MacDonald's Gesto Collection of Highland Music.
Gesto Collection, Index, page 2 of 3
JSS0341
Gesto Collection, Index, page 2 of 3 Page 2 of 3 of the Index to Keith Norman MacDonald's Gesto Collection of Highland Music.
Gesto Collection, Index, page 3 of 3
JSS0342
Gesto Collection, Index, page 3 of 3 Page 3 of 3 of the Index to Keith Norman MacDonald's Gesto Collection of Highland Music.
The Reel of Tulloch and Variations on it, Gesto Collection
JSS0343
The Reel of Tulloch and Variations on it, Gesto Collection Keith Norman MacDonald gives the Reel of Tulloch at the top of the page. It can then be clearly seen that 'Ruidhle Thullachain' and 'The Same as a Reel' are variations on it. 'The Same as a Reel' has been arranged with bagpipe 'cuttings' or grace notes. Skinner also gives versions of the Reel of Tulloch and 'Thullachan' in the Harp & Claymore.
Gille Calum
JSS0344
Gille Calum Gille Calum or the Sword Dance is famous as the tune for a well known Highland Dance. It is normally played and danced as a form of strathspey. Here it is described as 'Strathspey and Reel'. The Sword Dance ends with one or more 'quicksteps', where the dancer goes round the swords at a faster pace. When this version was published, the speed was a lot faster than it is today, hence the 'reel' description.
The Fiddle in Scotland, being sketches of 'Scotch Fiddlers' and 'Fiddle Makers', page 1 of 4
JSS0497
The Fiddle in Scotland, being sketches of 'Scotch Fiddlers' and 'Fiddle Makers', page 1 of 4 Title page of The Fiddle in Scotland, by Alexander Murdoch, father of fiddler William Mackenzie Murdoch, who styled himself on Skinner. The drawing of Niel Gow is taken from Henry Raeburn's painting in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Duncan McKerracher, illustrated at the bottom of the page, was famous for performing the reel The Mason's Apron while wearing, as he does here, a Freemason's apron and sash.
Willie Blair. 'The Queen's Fiddler', p 1 of 3
JSS0498
Willie Blair. 'The Queen's Fiddler', p 1 of 3 Page 1 of 3 of Alexander Murdoch's (see JSS0497) essay on Willie Blair, fiddler to Queen Victoria (see JSS0038). Blair (1794-1884) was born in Crathie, near what would become Balmoral Castle, the Highland retreat of the Queen and Prince Albert. Taught by his father, Blair was known for the 'enthusiasm' and 'force' of his playing, always keeping time with his right foot ('chappin' wi' my richt fit').
Willie Blair. 'The Queen's Fiddler', p 2of 3
JSS0499
Willie Blair. 'The Queen's Fiddler', p 2of 3 Page 2 of 3 of an essay on Willie Blair, fiddler to Queen Victoria at Balmoral.
Willie Blair. 'The Queen's Fiddler', p 3 of 3
JSS0500
Willie Blair. 'The Queen's Fiddler', p 3 of 3 Page 3 of 3 of Alexander Murdoch's (see JSS0497, JSS0498, JSS0499) essay on Willie Blair, fiddler to Queen Victoria at Balmoral Castle (see JSS0038). Willie was not a great fiddler, but was true to himself. He used the 'Doric', the North-east Scots tongue, took snuff, and had a good sense of humour. The Queen visited his cottlage, and, although not mentioned here, arranged for some of his compositions to be published after his death.
Title Page, Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 1 of 4
JSS0501
Title Page, Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher, page 1 of 4 Title page, page 1 of 4, Cruickshank's Accordion and Flutina Teacher. The accordion is now commonly used in Scottish dance music. This Aberdeen instruction manual was published in 1852, to appeal to those with the Victorian belief in self-improvement. The tutor supplied 'Theoretical and Practical Instructions, Scales, Exercies, Illustrative Drawings, &c. with a Collection of the Most Popular Airs....'

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