Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Hector MacAndrew: Scottish Fiddle Music (1963)

Hector MacAndrew: Scottish Fiddle Music (1963)

Hector MacAndrew (1903-1980) was from Fyvie in Aberdeenshire, and was one of the leading Scottish fiddlers of his day who had been taught both by his father and his grandfather (his granfather was taught by a pupil of the great late 18th century fiddler Niel Gow).

MacAndrew himself taught fiddle, and some of his students went on to be recognised as fiddlers of the first rank themselves; they include Florence Burns, Douglas Lawrence, and Gregor Borland. In 1974 MacAndrew taught Yehudi Menuhin at Blair Castle, in a tv programme about Scottish fiddling.

This school of Scottish fiddling is precise, musically polished and stylised, but there is room for expression as well.

01 Sir William Wallace/Tulchan Lodge/The Burn o' Forgue
02 Mrs Jamieson's Favourite
03 Mrs Major Stewart of Java/Madam Frederick/Earl Gray./The Waverley Ball
04 Auld Robin Gray
05 J.O. Forbes of Corse/Mar Castle/Miss Laura Andrew/The Hawk
06 Bonnie Glenfarg
07 Lament for the Death of his Second Wife/Craigellachie Brig/The Fairy Dance
08 Rose Acre
09 Bovaglie's Plaid/Athole Highlanders' March to Loch Katrine/Marquis of Huntly's Farewell/Tullibardine
10 Chapel Keithack
11 Captain Campbell/David Davidson of Cantray
12 The Glories of the Star/The Trumpet Hornpipe


Other Hector MacAndrew recordings:


  1. Hi there,

    This is a great treasure trove you've provided us with. Many thanks!

    The Hector MacAndrew "Scottish Fiddle Music" seems to be missing the odd-numbered tracks (1, 3, 5, 7 etc). Maybe I'm missing something?


  2. I have replaced the old upload with a new one - can you tell me if the new one has the tracks you were missing, please?