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The Scottish Slow Session

The Scottish Slow Session - Repertoire

The tunes listed below are suggestions for a session repertoire - tunes which might be heard at a Scottish session. Not everyone will agree with my choices; there will be as many different opinions on this subject as there are musicians, but you've got to start somewhere, and hopefully my list contains some worthwhile choices. Most tunes are traditional, and most are arranged in sets.

Nigel Gatherer

[STD] = staff notation;
[TAB] = mando tab;
[GUI] = guitar tab
[WHI] = whistle notation;
[FID] = fiddle fingering;
[CEL] = cello;
[BGP] = smallpipes;
[LP] = large print;

Last update: 24th January 2015
Book 1 No. Tunes Download
Scottish Slow Session Book 1 01 The Peat Fire Flame/Island Dance [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [FID] [CEL] [MP3]
02 Boys of Blue Hill/Harvest Home [STD] [TAB]
03 Memories of Fr Angus MacDonnell/Braes of Dunvegan [STD] [TAB]
04 Egan's Polka/Britches Full of Stitches [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
05 Snug In a Blanket/Scarce of Tatties [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [BGP]
06 Dornoch Links/Greenwoodside [STD] [TAB] [BGP] [MP3]
07 Hector the Hero [STD] [TAB] [GUI] [MP3]
08 Spootiskerry/Willafjord/Jack Is Yet Alive [STD] [TAB]
09 Barren Rocks of Aden/79th's Farewell to Gibralter
10 Banks of the Allan/Kenmure's On and Awa'
11 The Stronsay Waltz/The Rope Waltz
12 Glenside Polka No.1/Glenside Polka No.2
13 Soldier's Joy/Mrs MacLeod of Raasay [STD] [TAB]
14 Fear a Phige/Oovie Avie
15 The Barnyards o' Delgaty/The Hopeful Lover
16 Oyster Wives' Rant/Clean Pea Strae/Dunse Dings A'
17 Battle of the Somme/The Boy's Lament for his Dragon
18 Ronas Voe/Starry Nights o' Shetland
19 Cock o' the North/Muckin' o Geordie's Byre [STD] [TAB] [FID] [WHI] [BGP]
Book 2 No. Tunes Download
Scottish Slow Session Book 2 20 Wee Murdie/Lochiel's Welcome to Glasgow [STD] [TAB] [BGP]
21 Salmon Tails Up the Water/The Reel of Tullochgorum
22 Corriechoillie's Welcome/Campbell's Farewell
23 The Fairy Dance/Jumping Geordie [STD] [TAB]
24 Off to California/The Liverpool Hornpipe
25 Denis Murphy's Polka/John Ryan's Polka [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
26 The Music o' Spey [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
27 Cameron's Got his Wife Again/Highland Whisky [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
28 Dingle Regatta [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
29 Flowers of Edinburgh/Staten Island
30 The Shepherd's Wife/The Stool of Repentance
31 Leaving Stornoway/Cailin Mo Ruin-Sa
32 The Lilting Banshee/Haste to the Wedding [STD] [TAB] [BGP] [MP3]
33 Pulling Bracken/Happy We've Been A'thegither
34 Loch Ruan/The Headlands
35 High Road to Linton/Wind That Shakes the Barley [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
36 Uist Tramping Song/Thistle of Scotland
37 The Rowan Tree
38 Faroe Rum/Aandowin' at da Bow/Forefit o' da Ship
39 Freedom Come-All-Ye
Book 3 No. Tunes Download
Scottish Slow Session Book 3 40 The Dark Island [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [FID] [CEL] [BGP] [MP3]
41 Sweet Maid of Glendaruel/Teribus [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
42 King of the Fairies [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
43 Mrs Crawford's Favourite/Money in Both Pockets [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
44 Wha'll Be King But Charlie/The Campbells Are Coming [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
45 Ballydesmond Polka No.2/Ballydesmond Polka No.1 [STD] [TAB] [LP] [MP3]
46 Reel Pays d'en Haut/St Antoine/St Joseph [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
47 Doun the Burn Davie
48 Lord Seaforth/Primrose Girl [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
49 Farewell to the Creeks [STD] [WHI] [MP3]
50 Jacqueline Waltz
51 The Kirks/Victoria Hornpipe [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
52 Wee Tod/The Corner House [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
53 Mrs Forbes's Farewell to Banff/Lass o' Patie's Mill
54 Rev J MacFarlane/Wee Man at the Loom [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [LP] [MP3]
55 The Three Sea Captains
56 Duke of Perth/Lady MacKenzie of Coull
57 The Periwig/The Night We had the Goats/Elizabeth's Big Coat
58 My Name is Jock Stewart
Book 4 No. Tunes Download
Scottish Slow Session Book 4 59 Farewell to the Tay/Midlothian Pipe Band
60 Glenburnie Rant/Loch Earn
61 Haughton House [STD] [TAB] [WHI] [MP3]
62 Whistle O'er the Lave O't/Green Grow the Rushes O [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
63 I Lost My Love/Lads of Dunse
64 The Gay Gordons/Lord Huntly's Cave
65 Jackie Tar/The Breakdown
66 Atholl Highlanders/The Jig of Slurs
67 Burning of the Piper's Hut/Smith's a Gallant Fireman
68 The Earl of Mansfield [STD] [TAB] [MP3]
69 The Hills of Glenorchy/Walking the Floor [STD] [TAB] [BGP]
70 MacGregor of Ruara/The King's House [STD] [TAB] [BGP]
71 The Yellow Haired Laddie
72 Jessie Smith/Rachel Rae
73 The Battle of Waterloo/The Wee Highland Laddie
74 The Ale is Dear/Sandy Duff
75 Wi' a Hundred Pipers/Drummond Castle
76 Castles in the Air/Orange and Blue
77 Leaving Lismore/Fil O Ro
78 The Farewell Air

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |