Improvers - Example Tunes
This lovely air is the melody of a popular Gaelic song. The song is a love song and the title means "The boatman".
Fear a' bhàta
This is a very old tune. Surprisingly it was the Regimental Slow March of the Royal Sussex Regiment - chosen by a Scottish Commanding Officer. The tune is also known by a couple of other names and appears in the Gesto collection with a more "snappy" rhythm.
'S ann an Ìle
A popular Strathspey which is the tune of a port à beul. The first line of the chorus is" 'S ann an Ìle, 'n Ìle, 'n Ìle, 'S ann an Ìle rugadh mi " (it was on Islay, on Islay, on Islay. It was on Islay I was born).
Mrs MacLeod of Raasay
A good-going reel which is popular all over Scotland and also in Ireland. It's known by many different names.
Here is a selection of the types of tune which we will be learning in the improvers group. Where you see a treble clef icon you can click for sheet music.
Information on the tunes
Click on the note icon below to listen to the tunes. They are all acceptable as performance pieces for the RCS Grade 2 Trad. Fiddle exam.
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