JOURNEY ACROSS IRELAND & SCOTLAND
(PLAY ALONG CD & TUNE BOOK)
The Journey Across Ireland & Scotland Series contains an
amazing collection of 38 inspirational tunes including jigs, reels, strathspeys
and waltzes. This collection of tunes was originally collated as a workbook for
the Launceston Youth & Community String Camp in 2011.
The Journey across Ireland & Scotland CDs contain the 38
tunes listed below played at half speed or slower and repeated multiple times
to facilitate learning.
The Journey Across Ireland & Scotland Tune Book is
available in electronic form and contains the following tunes as sheet music,
MP3 files, demonstration videos (coming soon) as well as history and notes on
how to play each tune:
The Shepherd's Wife/ Pet o' the Pipers/ Roaring Jelly
Mackworth, Mrs Helen Robertson/ Glasgow Highlanders
Columcille/ The Kettle Drum/ The Black Boy
Lady Madelina Sinclair/ Captain Campbell/ Miss Maule
Leaving Port Askaig
The Back o' Catafern/ The Wavers of Newly/ The Duke of
Da Slockitt Light/ The Brumley Brae
McFadden's Handsome Daughter/ Tarbolton Reel/ Paddy Fahy's/
The Humours of Lissadell
My Darling Asleep/ The Humours of Ennistymon/ Tatter Jack
O'Hare's Reel/ The Fallen Angel/ The Silver Spire
Liverpool Hornpipe/ Greencastle Hornpipe
Sporting Paddy/ Fermoy Lasses
Lark In The Morning/ Doerty's Fancy/ The Frost Is All Over/
A Trip To The Cottage
See below for an excerpt from A Journey Across Ireland and Scotland: Celtic Fiddle Tune
BOOK 1 - (A Set 1) - The Shepherd's Wife
The Shepherd's Wife (Traditional)(Jig)
The Shepherd's Wife is a song written by Robert Burns in
1792. It is a dialogue between husband and wife conversing about the end of the
day and the things the husband has to look forward to when coming home to his
The year 1792 was also known in the Scottish Highlands as
the 'Year of the Sheep' and represented one of the largest mass emigrations to
Canada and America.
The Jig is in 6/8 and like a conversation with rapport, has
a very flowing melody to it.
Both the A and B parts of the tune are repeated and start
with the lead in note on an up bow.
Possible approaches to playing the tune are:
-the use of slurring between a crotchet and quaver within each phrase and
-the emphasis on the first note of each phrase
-separate playing of quavers within a set of three quavers
Note the grace note decorations played after the F (first
finger on the E string). The decoration is:
-the main note (F)
-a note above the main note (A)
-the main note again
Visit the Roaming Free website for the following
resources to Download:
A Journey Across Ireland and Scotland: Celtic Fiddle Tune
Set Lists :
A Set 1 The Shepherd's Wife/ Pet o' the Pipers/ Roaring
A Set 2 Mackworth
A Set 3 Mrs Helen Robertson/ Glasgow Highlanders
A Set 4 Columcille/ The Kettle Drum/ The Black Boy
A Set 5 Lady Madelina Sinclair/ Captain Campbell/ Miss Maule
A Set 6 Leaving Port Askaig
A Set 7 The Back o' Catafern/ The Wavers of Newly/ The Duke
of Gordon's Birthday
B Set 1 Da Slockitt Light/ The Brumley Brae
C Set 1 McFadden's Handsome Daughter/ Tarbolton Reel/ Paddy
Fahy's/ The Humours of Lissadell
C Set 2 Josefin's Waltz
C Set 3 My Darling Asleep/ The Humours of Ennistymon/ Tatter
C Set 4 O'Hare's Reel/ The Fallen Angel/ The Silver Spire
D Set 1 Liverpool Hornpipe/ Greencastle Hornpipe
D Set 2 Sporting Paddy/ Fermoy Lasses
D Set 3 Lark In The Morning/ Doerty's Fancy/ The Frost Is
All Over/ A Trip To The Cottage
BOOK 1 - Definitions
Hornpipe: A hornpipe is a tune which is in 2/4, 4/4 or 2/2
as a time signature. Accent is on the first and third notes of the bar. The
tune type is very close to a reel. The Tourist (Set 1 Tune 2) is played as a
reel rather than as a hornpipe.
Jig: The jig is very popular is Scottish Country Dance music
and at sessions. There are various timings, including, 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8. The
pieces played on Roaming Free are all in 6/8 time.
There is usually an A and B part to each tune. Some jigs may
have three or four parts.
March: Marches have two beats per measure and can be written
in 2/4 or 6/8 time. The Marches on the CD are either 2/4 or 6/8. The tunes are
characterized by 4 parts, which are each repeated. A lot of the groupings also
have the characteristic of longer note followed by a shorter note e.g. a dotted
quaver followed by a semiquaver. This is to provide variety for someone either
listening to or marching to the tune.
Quickstep: A quickstep is a March for accompanying quick
time. It can be written in 2/4 or 4/4 time.
Reel: This is a type of tune which largely consists of
quavers. The time signature is
normally 4/4 or 2/4. It also normally consists of 2 parts, an A and B section.
The first and third beats of the bar are normally accented.
When playing a reel, the amount of slurring with the violin
bow is normally minimised.
Slow Air: A slow traditional Scottish melody which may have
been composed in honour of the memory of a person e.g. John Roy Lyall or a
place e.g. The Hills of Lorne.
During a Slow Air, the amount of ornamentation used has been
minimised, instead trying to concentrate on the notes of the piece.
Strathspey: The Strathspey is one of the most popular dances
of Scottish Country dancing and a type of stately tune with a 4/4 time
signature. Strathspeys, at one time, were very popular with the Scottish
The tune has an A and B part. It is also characterized by a
lot of note groupings, where a longer note is followed by a shorter note e.g. a
dotted quaver note followed by a semiquaver. This is called a Scots snap.
In Scottish music, the Strathspey is sometimes played as the
second tune in a set of tunes.
- Slow Air/ Strathspey/ Reel
- March/ Strathspey/ Reel
Slow Strathspey: A Slow Strathspey is slower in speed than a
strathspey and more majestic in its playing. Amongst other things, slow
Strathspeys were written in honour of people.