Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

ORKNEY TSCD678

Traditional dance music from Orkney, field recordings made by Peter Kennedy in 1955.
Selected and presented by Reg Hall.

The BBC, for whom Peter Kennedy was working part-time in 1955, had more or less left Orkney alone in its recording activity, except for some recordings about local customs and beliefs made on location in 1954. At the time, Orkney was seen as being at the extreme edge of Great Britain, and was virgin territory for a music collector such as Peter, who travelled there in 1955, recording singers and musicians in informal circumstances, amassing a wealth of songs, dances and some speech excerpts that still exist, and this CD presents a representative selection of the instrumental pieces from that treasure trove of traditional music.

The GARSON TRIO : The Greeny Hill March
The GARSON TRIO : King William’s March
The GARSON TRIO : The Victoria Waltz
JOHN FRASER : Napoleon Crossing The Rhine
JOHN FRASER : (Jig) Rory O’More
JOHN FRASER : The Foursome Reel
7  JOHN FRASER : Two Wedding Marches
THE ANDERSON BROTHERS’ BAND : Scapa Flow
BILLY & JIMMY MELL : Untitled Waltz
10  The ORKNEY STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY : (Hornpipes) Byrne’s / The Elk’s Festival
11  The ORKNEY STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY : (Polkas) Untitled / Untitled
12  PETER PRATT : Two Quadrille Tunes
13  PETER PRATT :  Miss Brown’s Horning
14  PETER PRATT : The Morning Star
15  PETER PRATT : (Strathspey) Kitty My Navel
16  PETER PRATT : (Barndance) Paddy Carter
17  BILL GRIEVE : Bob Johnstone’s Stathspey & Reel
18  TOM THOMSON : Deerness Quadrille Tune
19  The GARSON TRIO : The Venus Polka
20  The GARSON TRIO : (Jigs) Off She Goes / Dumfries House / Unidentified
21  JIM LESLIE : The Red House
22  JIM LESLIE : The House On The Hill
23  RONNIE AIM : The Glimps Holm March
24  RONNIE AIM : Untitled March
25  The ORKNEY STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY : The Grand March
26  JOHN BURGESS , MARY ORMAND & TOM THOMSON : (Strathspey) Smith’s A Gallant Fireman
27  JOHN BURGESS , MARY ORMAND & TOM THOMSON : (Two Quicksteps) Unidentified / Patience Quadrille
28  JOHN BURGESS , MARY ORMAND & TOM THOMSON : The Grand March No. 2
29  PETER PRATT : (Stathspey) Archie o’ Lamb Holm / (Pipe March) Unidentified
30  PETER PRATT : The Bride’s Reel
31  PETER PRATT : Tune for the quadrille (The Rose Tree)
32  The GARSON TRIO : (Strathspeys) The Monymusk / The Iron Man
33  The GARSON TRIO : (March) The House of Skene / (Strathspeys) The Four Stringer / MacDonald Black

To be released 12th May 2014

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