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The Laird o' Drumblaire, & Miller's Reel (for Violin, Guitar, and String Bass)

By James Scott Skinner, Traditional Celtic

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Violin, Double Bass, Guitar - Intermediate
Composed by James Scott Skinner, Traditional Celtic. Arranged by Joel Jacklich (ASCAP). Folk, Celtic. Score, Set of Parts. 6 pages. Published by Joel Jacklich (S0.124589).

Item Number: S0.124589

I have always loved Celtic fiddle tunes (particularly Scottish, followed by Irish). The late Don MacAlpine, a friend, neighbor, fellow teacher, and very proud Scot, introduced me to this pair of dances about forty years ago. The first is a strathspey, "The Laird o’ Drumblaire" by James Scott Skinner, the other is a traditional reel called 'Miller's Reel' The occasion of a ’Fiddle Fare,’ a local old-time fiddlers’ competition, caused me to haul this old favorite of mine out of the closet. I have arranged it here to be accompanied by guitar and string bass.The ’Laird o’ Drumblair’ was composed by James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), a key figure in Scottish traditional music. He raised the art of Scottish fiddle music to a new height through both his playing and his compositions. The Laird of Drumblair, the namesake of the piece, was William McHardy, one of Skinner’s benefactors. McHardy made more £100,000 from engineering work in South Africa, before returning to live at Drumblair House, Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire.One can checkout Skinner’s original manuscript of the piece at: arrangement I have posted here varies in a few notes and rhythms from Skinner’s original. My arrangement is based upon a version performed by a Scottish National Fiddle Champion of the mid-1960’s (whose name I do not recall) in a recording played for me by Don MacAlpine.

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