Saturday, 11 June 2011

Judith Davidson: Going Places (1983)

Judith Davidson: Going Places (1983)

Judith Davidson from Banchory, Aberdeenshire, first appeared on a record when she won the Junior Golden Fiddle Award in 1979, and she went on to become a major talent in Scottish fiddling, winning the senior Golden Fiddle Award in 1982 at the age of 15. Her recorded output has not been overwhelming; I believe that this album and 1994's Twilight Bound are all that's available (plus a single track on 1979's Golden Fiddle Awards). She lived on Shetland for a number of years, where the legendary Willie Hunter described her as the best youngster he had ever heard. There she met accordionist Ian Nicolson, got married and the couple now live and teach music in Texas.

This is first-rate stuff and very difficult to get hold of.

01 Calum Donaldson/Debbie's/Violet's Fancy/Ian Robertson's
02 Paddy O"Rafferty/Glasgow Police Pipers/Kenny Gillies, Portnalong
03 J O Forbes of Corse/The Hawk
04 Swedish Wedding March/Swedish Reel
05 Caledonia's Wail for Niel Gow
06 King Geo V's Army/Traditional Reel
07 Mt Michie/South of the Grampians/John McNeil's Reel
08 Pigeon On the Gate/The Train Journey North
09 Lament for Abercairney/Auld Willie Hunter
10 Bobbie Cuthbertson/The Braes of Melinish
11 Judith Davidson/Loch Rynoch/Kate's Coming O' Age/Eugene Stratton
12 The Brig o' Feugh/The Marquis of Huntly/Mrs Forbes Leith
13 The Blackberry Bush/The Ghlass-Ault/Drumlithie
14 Dean Brig o' Edinburgh/Madam Neruda