The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles

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CUP Archive, 1986 - 158 pages
This is a comprehensive description of one of the liveliest fiddle-playing traditions in the world. It is both an historical and a contemporary study based on Peter Cooke's intensive fieldwork among Shetland musicians during the period 1970-80. It examines the repertory and playing style of the different communities of fiddlers and traces the stages by which a distinctive Nordic musical tradition has become more and more Scottish. Most importantly, perhaps, Dr Cooke discusses in the closing chapter the question of how it is that such a high proportion of menfolk in the islands become competent on what many music educators would class as a 'difficult' instrument. Many music examples and photographs illustrate the text and an accompanying cassette provides extracts from performances.
 

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The Rev J Watson page
3
Bride and groom lead the dancing of a Shetland reel
8
Recent history and biographical sketches of living fiddlers
14
Da Blin Fiddler George Stark with his accompanist
18
Jock Youngclaus with a fiddle of his own making
23
Tom Anderson and The Young Shetland Players
26
Tom Anderson with the Shetland Folk Society Band
27
Tom Anderson recording Old Willie Hunter
28
Unst Fiddle Society
42
Bobbie Jamieson and Willie B Henderson
45
CuUivoe traditional fiddle band
47
The fiddlers repertory
50
A double wedding at Skeld
53
John Irvine
54
Cullivoe Hall
55
Musical style and performance style
96

Having a tune with Henry Thomson
29
Andrew Poleson
30
The cooks house Whalsay
33
Alan Tulloch
34
John Robertson of Fetlar
37
An ad hoc danceband at Uyeasound Unst
40
Gilbert Gray
41
function and aesthetics
118
Jean Pole with Betty Henderson
123
Alec Leask fiddle maker
124
Trevor Hunter and the Forty Fiddlers
125
Recollections of a Shetland wedding by a
130
John Hoseasons music notations
145
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