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Morpeth Rant & Roxburgh Castle

Posted by TomGlos


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Size: 1,310kb, uploaded 2/11/2008 6:53:20 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Solo English fiddle, with a bit of a mix of styles.

12 comments on “Morpeth Rant & Roxburgh Castle”

fiddlepogo Says:
Monday, February 11, 2008 @8:23:58 PM

Thanks for posting that Tom! Morpeth Rant is an old favorite of mine, and it's always good to hear a new version, and Roxburgh Castle is one I've been thinking of learning, so it's good to actually hear someone fiddle it besides listening to it in a midi or abc player! Well done!

OTJunky Says:
Monday, February 11, 2008 @9:29:39 PM

Very nicely played - thanks...

Interesting that you call this "Solo English fiddle".

It's also sounds like the way a "New England" Contra-dance fiddler would play it.


Midwest_Fiddler Says:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @8:40:31 AM

Excellent!  I want to learn more English fiddle tunes as that is my background.

Melvin Wine played a version of Morpeth Rant that he called Fair Morning Hornpipe.  Jake Krack recorded it on his Wirefire CD.


TomGlos Says:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @9:36:43 AM

Many thanks for your comments folks.

OTJ - I was just fooling around at the end of a session recording other stuff for a friend when I recorded these, so I wasn't thinking too much about style.  I think I'd call the basic playing style English, fairly punchy accented bowing, the rhythm is a bit Irish, just because it's fun to play these tunes that way, and the ornamentation is just what comes naturally.  Interesting what you say about New England contra, - I hope to meet Rodney Miller when he comes over next month and hear him playing that style.


TomGlos Says:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @9:40:55 AM

Oops, I meant to say I hope to add some Southern English tunes shortly, as I've lived all my life in the Cotswold "Morris dancing" area and that's my home style.


fiddlebob Says:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @12:15:32 PM

I really enoyed your playing.  It was great.  Looking forward to the Suthern English tunes.


OTJunky Says:
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 @6:24:29 PM


Just be aware that Rodney Miller is not your - "Run of the Mill" - New England Contra-dance fiddler.  Though he does play for Contra-dances and is always in great demand.

I love his fiddling and wish more New England fiddlers would try harder to play like him.

I hope you do get to meet him and play with him.


Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, March 9, 2008 @2:54:58 PM

This is great stuff, Tom!  Great tone, rhythym, etc.  Keep it up.


azfiddle Says:
Monday, April 14, 2008 @12:58:38 AM

These really feel like dance tunes- lots of lift. Morpeth Rant has been in our contra dance repertoire since I started playing over 20 years ago. I never heard the 2nd tune before.  Nice job.


ladymuse Says:
Sunday, October 5, 2008 @8:47:48 PM

Magic again!
SO allright - so you also wear the morris bells (or at least havethe sets of them to tie on, them, I hope!!!

(and maybe you'll do a recording of you playing and dancing?!!??)
Your fiddle sounds consistantly magical in all of the tunes posted - have ye been taking tea with the fae?


brynmawr Says:
Saturday, February 7, 2009 @3:04:59 PM

Loved your music! Thanks for posting that. It inspires me.

Fiddlepiper Says:
Saturday, April 18, 2009 @7:47:38 PM

Well done! I like your style.

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