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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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)