Favourite Scotch Measures / Various
Favourite Scotch Measures..... A Loaf of Bread, A Measure of Scotch, And Gow beside me..... CD of traditional fiddle music from Scotland. These tunes date from the 18th and 19th centuries, with some having even earlier antecedents. Our instruments are fiddle, recorder, cello, hammer dulcimer, and Celtic harp. We begin with an anonymous epitaph written in 1812, after the death of Niel Gow, one of Scotland's greatest fiddlers. This is followed by Capt. Simon Fraser's lament, composed for Niel Gow, called Caledonia's Wail for Niel Gow Her Favourite Minstrel. Indeed, the album is filled with "favourite Scotch measures", starting with the album cover, showing two of the measures of single malt scotch, required to finish the album. The tunes include many "favourites" of Scottish fiddlers, and a number of "favourite" Scottish country dances, and Miss Drummond of Perth's Favourite Scotch Measure. If you wish to dance a "Highland bumpkin" after a measure or two of scotch, we provide you with the tune Favourite Dram. And then we have "favourite" ladies, from tavern keeper Elsie Marley, to Lady Catherine Stewart, to that belle of the ball, Mrs. Maj. L. Stewart, of the Island of Java. Unfortunate beauty - she died in Java, wondering whatever had possessed her to come to such an exotic climate, after a lifetime in Scotland. John Turner, on fiddle and recorder, a ten times national Scottish fiddle champion, winner of numerous fiddle awards, is also known as a regular performer at Colonial Williamsburg. He is one of the world\'s leading exponents of traditional Scottish fiddle music, an expert on the 18th century golden age of Scottish fiddling, and has been a performer, recording artist, teacher and composer for more than three decades. John has made several solo recordings and published two books of Scottish music, one of his own compositions. His albums include The Wanderer's Lament, Fiddling Rogues and Rascals, Giant in His Field, John Turner's Scottish Musical Menagerie, and Hale Be Your Fiddle. He is the founder and director of the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling. John, through his teacher Hector MacAndrew, and the MacAndrew family fiddlers, is a lineal "fiddle descendant" of the legendary Niel Gow. John is accompanied on this album by Maynard and Sara Johnson of Ohio, and Sara Walthery of Indiana. Maynard Johnson plays cello, as did Niel Gow's brother Donald, and Sara Johnson plays hammered dulcimer. Sara also publishes traditional music tune collections for hammered dulcimer, fiddle, and folk instruments as The Kitchen Musician. Maynard and Sara are 18th Century musicians and entertainers, playing popular music of the era. John Turner appears on their album Oceans So Green. Sara Walthery, our Celtic harper, also appears on the album Oceans So Green.