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Thread #164649   Message #3943792
Posted By: Will Fly
14-Aug-18 - 05:29 AM
Thread Name: Contemporary Traditional Scottish Music?
Subject: RE: Contemporary Traditional Scottish Music?
We play and sing a mixture of traditional songs and tunes from a variety of places. I play in a ceilidh band; I have Scottish, Irish and English roots, as it happens, and two other members of the band are Scottish - so what we play is very varied, with lots of good Scottish material. Sussex also has a number of musicians with Swedish connections, so a lot of Swedish tunes have strayed comfortably into the area - and very good they are.

Lewes, of course, was the home of two excellent clubs - one of which ran successfully for many years, but ceased with the retirement of Vic Smith of this parish. The remaining club, run by a team led by Valmai Goodyear and Bryan Creer (The Snail to you) is going strong, with a packed calendar of day workshops and evening performances from performers both national and local.

The Lewes club also has two excellent volumes of tunes from Sussex - "Lewes Favourites" - 285 tunes in all. A quote from the website:

The tunes are now available as two books, price 10 for Volume 1 (180 tunes) and 12 for Volume 2 (105 tunes)illustrated with dance notations from Sussex manuscripts, anecdotes, photographs of the habitats where they flourish and an index of the combinations in which they are often played. Click here for ordering details.   Alternatively, you can obtain them in various computerised forms. Discreet tape recorders are welcome [at the tunes practice sessions] if you don't read music.

Get the picture?

If idiotic, blanket statements about a whole genre of music are made on this forum, and insulting remarks about performers - with no supporting evidence other than opinion - then I reserve the right to call the maker of that statement an idiot.