This piece is influenced by the songs that used to be sung by the women of Harris as they worked on the Harris Tweed cloth, in a process known as ‘Waulking the tweed’. This thickens and softens the cloth after it comes off the loom.
|The Isle of Staffa|
We now take a boat trip from the port of Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull, to the small island of Staffa, home to the famous Fingal’s Cave (depicted by Felix Mendelssohn in his Hebrides Overture). Colonies of puffins await the visitor, but it is best to travel on a calm day, as the seas can be quite rough!
|The Callanish Stones|
Situated near the village of Callanish, on the west coast of Lewis, the Callanish Stones date from the Neolithic era and are arranged in a cruciform pattern. They were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age, and occupy a windswept location, with spectacular views out to sea.
What collection of Scottish music would be complete without a Ceilidh? A Gaelic word, a Ceilidh is a get-together for singing, dancing, playing music and generally having a rare old time. Plenty of single malt whiskey often helps the party go with even more of a swing!
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Have only learnt ‘The Isle of Staffa’ but a fairly straight forward piece for the intermediate player. Very evocative. The dotted rhythm (to me) sums up a boat trip to Staffa and in bars 26 to32 you feel the gentle movement of the sea. Looking forward to learning more of Donald Thomson’s work.