Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rosslyn Castle

Roslin Castle (sometimes spelt Rosslyn) is a partially ruined castle near the village of Roslin in Midlothian, Scotland. It is located around 9 miles south of Edinburgh, on the north bank of the North Esk, only a few hundred metres from the famous Rosslyn Chapel.
There has been a castle on the site since the early 14th century, when the Sinclair family, Earls of Caithness and Barons of Roslin, fortified the site, although the present ruins are of slightly later date. Following destruction during the War of the Rough Wooing of 1544, the castle was rebuilt. This structure, built into the cliffs of Roslin Glen, has remained at least partially habitable ever since. The castle is accessed via a high bridge, which replaced an earlier drawbridge. Roslin was renovated in the 1980s and now serves as holiday accommodation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rondo Russo

Another rondo, here played by Berdien Stenberg.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rondo (Rogier Van Otterloo)

Rondo composed by the Dutch Rogier Van Otterloo. Thijs Van Leer, a famous Dutch flute player, recorded this tune and it became a hit.
It's a lovely tune to be played by bouzouki or mandoline.
You can hear the Rond n°1, after a long improvisation played by Thijs Van Leer

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reel Beatrice

A fast, French-Canadian reel, lovely recorded by Sharon Shannon.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Muirsheen Durkin

The Irish folk song "Mursheen Durkin" tells the story of an emigrant from Ireland who goes to mine for gold in California during the California Gold Rush, 1849. The song is about emigration, although atypically optimistic for the genre. The name "Muirsheen" is a good phonetic approximation to the pronunciation of "Máirtín" (Martin) in the West of Ireland; it could alternatively be construed as a diminutive of "Muiris" (Maurice). A pratie is a potato, the historical staple crop of Ireland. "America" is pronounced "Americay", to rhyme with "stray", "away", etc.
The air to which it is sung is "Cailíní deasa Mhuigheo" (pretty girls of Mayo), which is a popular reel dating from the 19th century.
Johnny McEvoy's remake of the classic song which made him famous back in the 60s here it is brought up to date by Johnny and Sharon Shannon

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mist on the March

A little tune in 3/4 by Bryan bonnet

Monday, August 15, 2011

Jesu, Bleibet meine Freude (J.S. Bach)

I love to play classical tunes on my bouzouki.
Jesu, bleibet meine Freude is a classical hit, known by everyone.
On the video, you find this song played on a 14-course archlute.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fear Sean

Another song  played by my favourite group, Dervish

Monday, August 8, 2011

Downfall in Paris

Another march, can be played as a reel.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Centenary March

A polka, here rather slowly played

We play it as a real fast polka

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap

A fast reel, normally played in A-major.

I've changed it a little bit, so you have a part in A-minor and a part in A-major.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bugger Off

A song we sometimes sing at the end of a long, long, long performance