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This page is contains resources for current FluteFling and SMG Whistle classes.

Scroll down the page for archive material relating to FluteFling, SMG Whistle and The Border Gaitherin'. For additional tunes, check out the Flutility project page.

Please note that the archives are not complete and are subject to reorganisation.

Current classes

Tunes recorded for Flute Fling and SMG classes in Edinburgh. All files MP3 © Gordon Turnbull 2010-12. ABC notation © Gordon Turnbull 2010-12.
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All FluteFling and SMG classes | Autumn 2012 — Summer 2013

All current tunes are in this section. Check back for updates as the year progresses.

All tunes for 2012-13 are being shared using Soundcloud. You can play or download them from here or visit my Soundcloud page. To hear the music for the Portobello Music School Traditional Whistle Class, go here.

For some background information on the music and classes, see my teaching web site, The Flow Music Workshops.

Summer Term Notation for all classes

  • Beginner tunes:
    • The Iona Boat Song (Caol Muile)
    • Ciamar a ný mi an Dannsa Dýreach? (How Can I Dance Properly?)
    • A Fisherman's Song for Attracting Seals
    • Kate Dalrymple
    • Not for Joe
    • O Grada's Polka
    • The Hopeful Lover
    • The Peacock Followed the Hen
    • Valse de Galorn **NEW**
  • Improver tunes:
    • The New Claret
    • Frank Thornton's Highland Fling
    • The Road to Glountane
    • The Peacock Followed the Hen
    • Rachainn a shuiridh' air Oighrig (I Would go Courting Oighrig)
    • The Humours of Balyconnell
    • The Drunken Tinker

See archive below for additional repertoire and resources.

Spring Term Notation for all classes

  • Beginner tunes:
    • Egans' Polka
    • Amazing Grace
    • The Chanter's Song
    • Greenwoodside
    • Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle
    • Ca' the Yowes
    • Lay Dee at Dee
    • Da Ferry Reel
  • Improver tunes:
    • The New Copperplate
    • The Old Copperplate
    • The Maids of Mount Cisco
    • The Sailor on the Rock
    • The Otter's Holt

See archive below for additional repertoire and resources.

Autumn Term Notation for all classes

  • Beginner tunes included:
    • The Skye Boat Song
    • The Skye Boat Song Harmony
    • The Arran Boat Song
    • The Arran Boat Song Harmony
    • Tha Mi Sgith
    • Tha Mi Sgith Harmony
    • I See Mull
    • I See Mull Harmonies
    • Laridé de Portobello: Recordings: flute | whistle NB: This arrangement is a work in progress and 3 extra parts have been added since this recording.
    • Mairi's Wedding
    • Mairi's Wedding Harmony
    • The Peat Fire Flame
    • The Peat Fire Flame Harmony
    • Corriechoille's 43rd Welcome to the Northern Meeting
    • Corriechoille's 43rd Welcome Harmony
    • Wha Saw the 42nd
    • Wha Saw the 42nd Harmony
    • Da Day Dawn
    • Da Day Dawn Harmony
  • Improver tunes:
    • Micho Russell's Slide
    • Scattery Island
    • The Humours of Lisseycasey
    • Lexie McAskill
    • Lexie McAskill Harmony
    • The Blackberry Bush
    • The Blackberry Bush Harmony
    • An Drochaid Luideach (The Twisted Bridge)
    • An Drochaid Luideach Harmony
    • The Pitnacree Ferryman
    • The Pitnacree Ferryman Harmony
    • My Love is on the Ocean
    • My Love is on the Ocean Harmony

See archive below for additional repertoire and resources.

FluteFling archive

All files MP3 © Gordon Turnbull 2010-12. ABC notation © Gordon Turnbull 2010-12.
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SMG Beginners Whistle Archive

Tunes recorded for the Scots Music Group Beginner Whistle classes in Edinburgh. All files MP3. © Gordon Turnbull 2011-12.

ABC notation for tunes learned by the Scots Music Group, Edinburgh. © Gordon Turnbull 2011-12.
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The Border Gaitherin' Archive

Tunes taught at the Border Gaitherin' in Coldstream. These MP3s are released under a Creative Commons licence and you are free to download and share them. Please ask me if you are not sure.

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The Border Gaitherin' 2011

  • The Wild Hills o' Wannies
    This version is from the Northumbrian Pipers' Tunebook and may have been devised by Billy Pigg from what I understand. It is a version of The Hills of Glenorchy and probably played slower than I play it here.
  • The Hills of Glenorchy
    A Highland pipe jig related to a good number of other tunes. I originally learned this from the playing of Sprangeen, but may have changed it since then. Played fast and slow in this recording.
  • The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee (slow version here)
    An Irish version of the tune, which has lyrics as well. The biggest departure from the other versions is in the B part.
  • Gillean Nan Drobher (The Drover Lads, Gillan the Drover) (slow version here)
    A four-part jig with a Highland piping feel and structure, but in G, this flute-friendly tune appears in various collections. The Gaelic title translates as The Drover Lads and Gillan the Drover is one of many corruptions of the title. There are two closely-related phrases common to each part that help unlock the tune.
  • The Laurel Bush (The Laurel Tree)
    I will be adding this in due course, but in the meantime, here is a version that I recorded as part of the Flutility project a few years ago.

The Border Gaitherin' 2012

Tunes taught at the Border Gaitherin' 2012 in Coldstream. (PDF format/ ABC format)



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