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Ian Hardie's Fiddle Tunes
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Brora, North-east Scotland
December 24, 2016 - 8:17 am
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I have been searching for "less often heard" fiddle tunes - and I came across this - a collection by Ian Hardie - and I quote from the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra website -

Ian Hardie was not from Shetland but his tunes live on – especially, it seems, among Shetland fiddlers – after his premature death in 2012.

He grew up in Edinburgh, went to Edinburgh University, then lived and worked as a solicitor / folk musician (a “fiddling solicitor”, in his words) first in the Scottish Borders and latterly in Nairn, near Inverness.

There is a lot of interesting information about him in the Obituaries preserved on the Edinburgh University website.

He was a prolific composer and his tunes have been recorded by (among others) –

  • Blazin’ Fiddles (“Live” album features “The Open Fence”)
  • Bryan Gear (“Kebister Head” features the tune, “Shifting Sands”) and
  • Gemma Donald (“The Love o’ da Isles” contains several Ian Hardie compositions, including a complete set beginning with “The Black Hag”)

Ian’s tunes are available for free download from his website and they deserve to be more widely known even than they are now.

He has some cracking melodies in each of the different formats (reels, jigs, marches, waltzes, slow airs, hornpipes etc.).

 Not sure if the embedded-link above will work - but this certainly does - http://www.ian-hardie.co.uk/scores.php

   All the tunes are sheet only - and there are dozens of them.   I've already spent about 4 hours just looking at them and trying to hear some of them in my head...  well worth a browse if you're interested in Scottish jigs, reels, marches, hornpipes and so on....   Some of these tunes have been played to wider audiences - oh - that's referred to in the quote above...

  Anyway - it's a nice resource....    I'll be working in some of them once I can make a choice !


EDIT: Of course, I forgot to mention the SFO itself - it's here- http://sfo.org.uk/free-sheet-m.....-fiddlers/

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Fort Lauderdale
December 27, 2016 - 11:36 am
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Thanks for the link. :)

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March 27, 2023 - 9:21 pm
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@BillyG -

If you happen to see this - MISS YOU! 

Looking back over old threads, you provided a GREAT link to pdf scores of Ian Hardie's Original Compositions

193 tunes!  Even includes cross-tuned scores!

Thank You! 


There's an Ian Hardie Topic YouTube Channel, with 3 of his albums, definitely worth listening to - 41 tunes total! 


A few tunes I love from his A Breath Of Fresher Air Album - Playlist


Cawdor Wood/The Palpitation Reel/Mrs Willie Wastle


Cape Fear - this one is from his Westringing: Scotland Meets Appalachia Album Playlist - Fiddle & Viola Solos in Altered Tunings, From the Cairngorms to The Blue Ridge:


Catch Penny Fox / The Ed Herring / Venchen Circle  🤔 "Catch a Penny Fox" sounds very familiar to me - Great Set from his A Breath of Fresh 'Airs' Album Playlist!

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