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Crossing to Scotland: Celtic Music for Cello, book/CD; Various (Mel Bay)
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Crossing to Scotland: Celtic Music for Cello, book/CD; Various (Mel Bay)

Crossing to Scotland, celtic music for cello compiled and edited by Abby Newton.
beginning-Intermediate level

Today the cello is usually considered a classical instrument, but from the late 17th to early 19th centuries it was used in folk ensembles to provide low, driving rhythms for dance tunes and to render haunting Scottish airs. The airs, planxties and reels in this book come from traditional and contemporary sources, including the 18th-century fiddler Neil Gow, harper Turlough O'Carolan, Daithi Sproule, David Hornung, Alasdair Fraser, Ronnie Aimes, and others. All 19 of the tunes are written for solo cello with chord symbols included on most tunes for an accompanying instrument. The text also includes the author's notes on the origin of each tune.

  • Compact Disc published by Culburnie Records
  • This performance recording features traditional Scottish music performed by Abby Newton on the cello, accompanied by Alasdair Fraser on fiddle, Kim Robertson on Celtic harp, Paul Machlis on piano, Al Petteway on guitar, David Hornung on accordion, and Scott Petito on upright bass. Total time approximately 57 minutes.


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