Reel – Gentle Milkmaid
Reel – Mo
Jig – Stool of Repentance
1. In this example, recorded in 1956, Willie Fraser (mouth organ) and Charlie Bremner (fiddle) play ‘The Stool of Repentance’ with two other jigs (‘The One-horned Sheep’ and ‘The Athole Highlanders’). Can you hear which note has changed in the third bar of the melody? Stool of Repentance (set of three jigs)
2. Here, recorded in 1952, John Grant discusses the old way people used to hold the fiddle; against the chest below the shoulder. He then plays ‘The Stool of Repentance’ on the fiddle to illustrate the style. Old fiddle style & Stool of Repentance
3. This is how the tune might have sounded in the 1700s in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. The tune (with variations) was written down in a manuscript by William Dixon in 1733 to be played on Border pipes (his manuscript is now available to buy as a tune book).
Jig – Rolling Wave
Here Kevin Burke teaches The Rolling Waves on fiddle.