This piece “Dealan-Dé” was composed and recorded remotely during lockdown for Feis Rois' 'In Tune with Nature' competition. The music was inspired by the rare marsh-fritillary butterfly. The Taynish NNR is one of the few places in Scotland this beautiful creature can be seen. After the introduction, the butterfly explores the micro-world of Taynish; the ferns, the lichen, and beasties which make this ancient oak woodland so magical. A storm brews in the second section, and our wee friend is buffeted by the wind and the waves. Finally, the clouds part, the sun shines and we soar up above the reserve, looking down on this magnificent landscape.
The video was edited by the fantastic filmmaker, Graeme Rogers and the footage was filmed at Taynish by Graeme, Roo and Neil.
A wee sample of some of our more traditional style of playing. This is a set from an online concert we gave recently for an IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Research) conference.
The first tune is a lovely march called The Snipe, composed by the great fiddle teacher and player Donald Riddell. And we follow that with a great slip jig called Miss Clark of Honolulu. We learnt this great tune from Australian fiddler Liam King, and it comes from a manuscript of tunes compiled by Scottish fiddler Alexander Laing, transported to Tasmania in 1813.
The tune appears to be a version of "The Humours of Ballymanus", which appears in several Irish tune collections from the 19th and 20th centuries.
We have two new videos on their way next week,
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