Yet another tune from the fifth book, “Music for Everybody”; this time, “Sliding into Colintraive”. This hornpipe is the kind of tune my great teacher, the Aberdonian, George Walker, would call, “hillbilly music”. To George, anything uptempo and easily played on the fiddle would usually fall under the hillbilly category. I remember playing what I could at one Toronto Knock-out final: lots of Cape Breton reels to finish – lots of sweat. George was there and came by as I was putting the pipes away, “Ach, metty, fine playin’ but all that hillbilly music!”
So here, a recording of two renditions of hillbilly music: first slow and open, and second, in moderate tempo. To save space I did not repeat parts 1 to 3. Part 4 is played with the variation – as in the score.
The village of Colintraive is found on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Colintraive is an important (relatively speaking) ferry crossing point to the island of Bute.
The “sliding” part? Hmmm. Let’s just say it had to do with a little wet pavement, a hill, a couple of cars and Visa car rental insurance (it really works).
I like this tune more than others I have made. It would work as a competitive solo piping hornpipe if your hands were in good form.
As always, I hope you find it of interest.
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