Monday, 28 May 2018

Ron Gonnella: Fireside Fiddle Chats 1

Fiddle Chats 1a: Robert Burns

1) There Was a Lad That was Born in Kyle
2) My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
3) I Am My Mammie's Ae Bairn/Killiecrankie
4) Afton Water
5) Comin' Thro' the Rye/Corn Rigs
6) Ay Waukin O
7) Green Grow the Rashes o/Willie Brew’d a Peck o’ Maut
8) My Wife’s a Winsome Wee Thing/O Kenmure’s On and Away, Willie
9) Awa’ wi’ Yer Witchcraft o’ Beauty’s Alarms/Last May a Braw Wooer
10) O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast
11) Guid Nicht and Joy Be Wi’ Ye A’

Fiddle Chats 1b: The Gow Family

1) Come Ye By Athole?
2) Atholl Volunteers
3) Coilsfield House
4) Miss Stewart of Grandtully/The Fairy Dance
5) Farewell to Whisky
6) Miss Graham of Inchbraikie/Lady Charlotte Campbell
7) Caller Herring
8) Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston/Miss Margaret Brown
9) Miss Lucy Johnston’s Compliments to Niel Gow

In the mid-1980s, Scots fiddler Ron Gonnella issued a series of cassettes on various aspects of fiddle music. I know of three of these, the first of which featured music associated with the poet Robert Burns, as well as music from the Gow family on the other side. Gonnella was a master fiddler, and these rare recordings are a joy. 

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