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#NewTuneThursday: Bonnie Prince Charlie

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!

This has always been such a fun medley to play!

Based on a set of traditional Scottish tunes, this 5.5 minute long work is a sweeping journey of melody, color, and heart. Beginning somberly with a single violin, it soon opens up and begins driving forward. Each consecutive tune increases in tempo and ferocity until the set ends in a passionate, victorious rendition of the title tune, “Bonnie Prince Charlie.” Though the melodies reflect the ageless tunes on which they’re based, the chords and harmony parts are all original, bringing the classic fiddle sound into a fresh, modern light.

This work took a long time to put together, in the sense that I grew up “fiddling around” on each of these traditional tunes, and others. So I guess this medley is sort of a microcosm of my joyful foray into traditional Celtic music throughout my youth. I eventually had an opportunity to use the ending arrangement of “Bonnie Prince Charlie” with another song that I was playing with a band. And from there, it just evolved into this awesomely fun work!

There are currently two versions of the sheet music available:

In the recording below, you’ll hear the version for string trio (2 fiddles and viola). Enjoy!

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“Bonnie Prince Charlie” can be performed by an early-intermediate ensemble. Stay tuned for our new work of next week…

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#NewTuneThursday: Gleann Na Aes Sídhe (Glen of the Faeries)

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy this brand new, all-original, Irish fiddle set for solo violin, with optional parts for band, harp or piano, and string orchestra. I wrote it last year specifically for my dear friend and fellow fiddler, Lainey Elizabeth White.

At first, I felt a little lost on how to go about writing this work, since I already have so many old Celtic tunes floating around my brain, and I wanted this one to be special. 🙂 Somehow, as I got going, it unfolded, and I knew I had to add more to accompany it and give it support!

So, not only can you get the original sheet music for the fiddle part (with chords, for guitar, for example), but you can also get the optional string and harp/piano sheet music, the custom made backing track to fiddle along with on your own, as well as a version of the tune for violin and piano!

Enjoy this lovely song below! And stay tuned for our new work of next week…

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“Gleann Na Aes Sídhe” Now Available for Violin and Piano

For your convenience and artistic variety, the original Celtic tune “Gleann Na Aes Sídhe (Glen of the Faeries)” is now available for solo fiddle and piano! Get the duo sheet music here, and enjoy the demo video below!

And don’t forget, you can get the original recording of the full version for band, string orchestra, and harp as well as the sheet music and official backing track.

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Me & Mrs. Lincoln

I was just checking up on one of my favorite groups of people – the musicians of Arizona’s atomic folk band, Mrs. Lincoln – and I was so delighted to find these photos from my last gig with them out in Flagstaff, AZ at the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Festival a year or two ago.

I miss playing with these guys… I’ll have to make it a point to join them again for another gig sometime! 😉