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Raised in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Heather was brought up surrounded by music.  The fiddle, guitar, bagpipes and piano soon became her constant companions, and early on she developed her beautiful, soulful voice.   Heather knew well the power of music to reach people, which led her to become an accredited music therapist whilst developing her playing and delving into the challenging world of Scottish Country Dance.  Never Land is Heather’s first full-length album and features an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary tunes, original songs, and new arrangements of choice covers.  For more information and sound-bites: heather cameron NEVER LAND These songs have been William’s “companions” on a career as a choral conductor, theatre musical director and solo performer and he is accompanied by Martainn Skene. Both William and Martainn have a Classical and Traditional Scottish music background - William, from Dumfriesshire, was brought up on the songs of Robert Burns: and Martainn, from Lochaber, with the traditional music of the North West.  Contents: William Williamson with Martainn Skene “THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE HILL” Alex Hodgson is a Scottish singer/songwriter, story teller and comedian based in Prestonpans, East Lothian. His music is distinctively Scottish, with both a charm and humour that reflect his background and love of music and he has twice been a finalist in the 'Burnsong' song writing competition.  Alex has a musical career spanning several decades and has performed in the Scottish Parliament, for the Queen at Balmoral, for the BBC and various radio stations, and most recently on Forth 2. He has also toured in South Africa, Malaysia, New Zealand and has become a regular late-night performer on The Sunday Class Dance Holidays, where his wife Issy plays with Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band. Jeelie Jars ‘n’ Coalie Backies - July 2010  The Brig Tae Nae Where - August 2014  For more details click here. 2 CDs by Alex Hodgson VOCALS Leonard Brown (from Tyneside) is one of the busiest accordion players in the country, in great demand as a sols performer, band leader, session musician and guest artiste at accordion and fiddle clubs. In 2012, the same year that he graduated with a BA in Classical Music, Leonard became only the second Englishman to become All Scotland Accordion Champion and he was also voted Guest Artiste of the Year by the NAAFC in Scotland in 2016. The Next Dance, Please! CD showcases his All Star Band with 17 tracks for Scottish dancing including several waltzes, two steps, a square tango and 6 country dance sets. Leonard Brown & his All Star Band Dancers’ Choice 2  The second CD in the series of music (released in 2004) for dances chosen by dancers from around the world. There are 15 new dances, with instructions for 8 of them in the CD booklet. Robert Whitehead & The Danelaw Country Dance Band When 7-year-old Sandy Nixon received an accordion for Christmas he started playing ... and hasn't stopped since! His enthusiasm for playing, and for Scottish Country dance music in particular, lead to the formation of his own band in the late 1970's.   Repeat Prescription: Recorded on CD (and MC) in 1992 to accompany the dance book of the same name from Ian Barbour, this contains the original and only recording for The Cuckoo Clock, making it a must-have CD!  The Luckenbooth Brooch: This CD, released in 2004, contains 17 tracks for John Bowie Dickson dances, including The Wind on Loch Fyne, Pinewoods Reel, Bauldy Bain’s Fiddle, Reel of the Puffins as well, of course, as the title track.  The Silver Spire: For Ceilidh Dance, Country Dance or just listening pleasure it is hard to beat the enthusiastic playing of the Sandy Nixon Scottish Dance Band. Released in 2009, the 5-piece band gives amazing value with 23 great tracks including 8 Country dances. Sandy Nixon & his Scottish Dance Band Laird Brown (son of Bobby), Donny Wood, Warren Beesley & Rob Wolanski who all played with Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent, have now been joined by Stefanie Hutka to form Scotch Mist.  Coast to Coast Their debut CD showcases Canadian Scottish Country Dance music and to complement this, the 13 dances come from far and wide across Canada from a variety of teachers, and full instructions are included in the CD booklet, making it excellent value for money.  Around the World As their first CD, Coast to Coast, featured dances by Canadian devisers so this CD focuses on Canadian composers, with 23 tunes by 12 Canadian composers as well as traditional and Scottish composers. The dances, on the other hand, are from 13 devisers from Around the World - UK, Germany, Japan, New Zealand as well as Canada and the dance instructions are available for free download from For more details click here. Scotch Mist Spark o’ Water Booklet of Dances  & accompanying CD by Keith Smith & Muriel Johnstone This booklet of 21 dances commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia RSCDS Branch in 2017 and honours Nova Scotia dancers, past and present. All dances were either devised by local dancers or written in honour of them.  The CD by Keith Smith and Muriel Johnstone has 18 tracks. All tunes except two are either traditional or by Muriel or Keith themselves. In the acknowledgements, Muriel and Keith are thanked “for their awesome arrangements and performance” and that certainly sums up this superb CD! Nova Scotia RSCDS Branch For more details click here. For more details click here. RSCDS Leeds Branch celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2012, producing this book of 12 dances, entitled The Leeds Golden Collection. There are clear instructions for each dance and music for the lead tunes is included.  The accompanying CD has now been recorded by Yorkshire-based Neil Barron & his Scottish Dance Band, with an additional track for the dance South from Oban (instructions published in Leeds 10th Anniversary Book). Leeds RSCDS Branch For more details click here. For 60 years, since 1955, a great many people have enjoyed the experience of Scottish country dancing at the vibrant Sheffield RSCDS Branch. To celebrate this, The Third Sheaf Collection contains 12 new dances devised by Branch members.  The accompanying CD features Yorkshire-based Neil Barron & his Scottish Dance Band. Sheffield RSCDS Branch From the first days of the pandemic in 2020, Ewan Galloway played “live” on Facebook, and 9pm on Friday evening was the start time of Friday Fun Night, which evolved over time to become The Stagger Inn, a virtual pub with over 350 regulars from all corners of the globe.  This Book of 12 Dances has been created by 9 devisers, with original music from 11 renowned musicians (all Stagger Inn regulars), and is accompanied by the CD which Ewan has recorded in the pub itself! The Grove Collection of Scottish Country Dances Volume 2 Two years on, and Ewan Galloway has reformed his one-man band (lead & 2nd accordion, drums, bass and keyboard), n his Grove Studios to produce another fine collection of 18 tracks for dancing existing & new dances to. 3 new dances have instructions in the CD booklet and the whole package gives teachers and dancers excellent choice of tempo & tunes, in Ewan’s inimitable swinging style. The Grove Collection of Scottish Country Dances Volume 1 Ewan Galloway is a one-man band but as he plays lead and 2nd accordion, drums, bass and keyboard, you would be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a conventional 5-piece band! His rhythm is spot-on, speed just right for today’s dancing, tune selection is inspiring, and the combination of 13 tracks for existing well-known dances and 4 tracks for new dances (instructions in the CD booklet) means this CD should never be far from a class teacher’s grasp. Also use it to add variety at your recorded music events. For more details click here. Ewan Galloway UNFETTERED! Recorded in December 2020, this is “a mixed bag of music from Scotland, England, Ireland, France and even Argentina”, allowing Neil Barron & his Band “a completely free rein … in the studio - Unfettered!” 18 tracks including 4 for SCD (incl. 5x32 jig - very useful!) Neil Barron & his Scottish Dance Band Our Favourite Scottish Country Dances One of a trilogy of “Favourites” from Susie Simpson & her Trio, recorded in Inverness in 2019, this CD contains 15 tracks for well-known SCDs, making it a very useful CD for class teachers who rely on recorded music. The Susie Simpson Trio Double Take An unusual, but effective, way of creating a full band sound: both musicians play two instruments each - Ian Robertson on fiddle and accordion & Rob Alderton, piano and bass - showing off their amazing musicianship. The superbly crafted 16 tracks provide useful music for reels, jigs, strathspeys, marches, hornpipes, etc. to fit many class situations where specific music is unavailable. Ian Robertson & Rob Alderton Full Circle: The latest CD produced to accompany a Roy Goldring Dance Book - A Reel For Alice.  Whilst Muriel Johnstone provides piano and bass on all the tracks, Ian Robertson plays both accordion and fiddle variously, with several tracks featuring him in multi-instrument mode, rising to the last strathspey, Well Kent, being played by a veritable orchestra of 3 fiddles, 2 accordions plus piano and bass!  Roy Goldring wrote so many danceable dances, and this CD should definitely be in any teacher’s collection. For more details click here. Robertson: a musical heritage: "It all began with a casual observation about how many tunes are dedicated to someone with the name Robertson. And the further we looked, the more we discovered until we realised that we had enough material for an entire CD!"  A tribute or a celebration or a voyage of discovery. Whatever you call it, join Ian Robertson (fiddle) & Muriel Johnstone (piano) for a programme of music from four centuries where the common thread is that everything was written for a Robertson or by a Robertson. Music from the great names of the Golden Age of Scottish fiddle music rubs shoulders with 20th century classics as well as newly composed tunes from Ian, Muriel, and Ian’s son, Tom. From passionate slow airs to the brightest of reels by way of marches and waltzes, jigs and strathspeys there is something here for listeners and dancers alike. For more details click here. Ian Robertson & Muriel Johnstone The talented Dewhurst family band - Chris & Julie on accordion with son Nick on drums - had ‘plied their trade’ on the English Folk & Dance scene for many years before ‘crossing the border’ into Scottish dancing - where many of the tunes were familiar but the tempo and style is much more defined. The Band have a very recognisable sound and produce excellent CDs of “Music for Scottish Country Dancing when ‘any good tune’ is required” making them a ‘must have’ for any class teacher.  Crossing Borders: Their first CD for Scottish Country Dancing was released in 2008. This 14 track CD reflects the different influences in their music - Scottish, Irish, American & Canadian tunes are mixed with traditional ones and a good proportion of their own compositions.   Beyond the Borders: As with their first CD, many tracks are for use when ‘any good tune’ is required but there are four tracks for well-known dances and four for dances by Gillian Jennings (instructions available on request). With no less than 22 tunes composed by Chris himself, this CD of 14 tracks should cover every occasion!  Short & Sweet: A CD made specifically to fill a very recognised gap! Dance teachers are always needing short tracks, either for short dances or for practising longer dances with fewer couples, and this is the focus of this CD. The 20 tracks (plus a  final waltz) include as many of the common permutations and combinations of length and style as possible, with all tracks intended for use when ‘any good tune’ is required. As on their previous CDs, there are tunes from Shetland,  Orkney, Ireland, England, Canada and America; some old, some new (including 15 by Chris) and all played in their  own inimitable style. For more details click here. For more details click here. Chris, Julie & Nick Dewhurst Reel of the Puffins Jim Lindsay is one of the most talented musicians on the Scottish music scene, starting his accordion playing at the age of 6, Scottish Accordion Champion as a teenager, and top band musician with most of the legendary names in Scottish dance music. On this 2011 CD, Jim is joined by David Hume, Ron Kerr, Dennis Morrison and Malcolm Ross.  Superb arrangements of an eclectic mix of tunes and some of the finest musicianship makes this CD an absolute cracker. Formation Foundations - The Green CD  15 tracks for dances in Chris Ronald’s Formation Foundations teaching book which has a nursery rhyme theme, and Jim says: .It was a challenge to come up with subtle ways to include the nursery rhyme tunes suggested by Chris for each dance but it was marvellous to hear the ideas and arrangements come to life thanks to the fabulous musicianship of my band colleagues. How many hidden nursery rhymes can you spot?  Jim is joined by David Hume, Mary Rutherford, Gillian Ramsay, Graham Berry and Malcolm Ross. Jim Lindsay CDs: Bannockburn 700 In 2014 RSCDS Stirling commemorated the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn by producing a book of Scottish Country Dances, significant to the area and the Branch.  The CD recorded in 2017 by Nicol McLaren & The Glencraig Band includes tracks for all 11 dances in “Bannockburn 700” plus 5 extra dances in celebration of “Stirling at 90”.  For more details click here. Stirling at 90   Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of RSCDS Stirling Branch with The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band 16 dances to celebrate 90 years of Scottish Country Dancing in Scotland’s ancient capital The Fife Branch of the RSCDS was founded on 25th June 1929, and following the formation of the St Andrews and Kirkcaldy Branches in 1937, was renamed as Dunfermline Branch. Having last celebrated their 60th anniversary with a Book, these new dances, from 13 devisers celebrate Dunfermline’s unique charms, both as a Branch and as Scotland’s ancient capital. The book also includes sheet music for every dance, and diagrams.  The accompanying CD was recorded by Frank Thomson & his Scottish Country Dance Band.  For more details click here. RSCDS Dunfermline Branch 90th Anniversary At a Public Meeting on Monday 9th September, 1929, the Buckie and District Scottish Country Dance Branch of the SCDS was formed. At the first AGM the title was changed to the Banffshire Branch. This is the 2nd book of dances produced by the Branch and celebrates 90 years of the RSCDS in Banffshire. The 12 dances were devised by Branch members, with some traditional tunes and some recently composed by local musicians, and all the lead tunes are printed in the book.  Ewan Galloway & Shona MacFayden joined forces to record the CD, A’ the best again fae Banffshire, in the challenging year of 2020 and it was released at the end of November. 2020 Release! To celebrate RSCDS Banffshire Branch 90th Anniversary
The   regular   mixture   of   16   dances   all   have   an   original   tune   printed   alongside   the   dance   instructions   in   the   Book   - these   include   ones   by   Marian   Anderson,   Iain   MacPhail,   Freda   Phillipson   (who   also   arranged   and   supplied   extra   left hand notes for pianists), Sandy Nixon, James Coutts, Ian Thow and Leonard Brown. Having   the   variety   of   two   of   the   best   known   Scottish   Dance   Bands,   led   by   Marian   Anderson   and   Iain   MacPhail,   on one CD, ensures that whether dancing or just listening, you are in for a treat!
As   the   Newcastle   branch   approached   their   70th   Anniversary   it   was   suggested   that   a   book   of   dances   by   Sheila   Trafford   with an    accompanying    CD    would    be    an    appropriate    marking    of    the    occasion.    Marian    Anderson    and    Iain    MacPhail    were approached to record 8 tracks each for the CD but then before the project could be completed, Covid intervened!
Newcastle upon Tyne & District RSCDS 70th Anniversary 1950 - 2020
Bordering on Scottish 15 tracks of mixed Scottish dance music including Marches, Waltzes and a Two-Step as well as Jigs, Reels and a Strathspey.  Marian (Lead Accordion), Graham Bell (2nd Accordion) and Isobelle Hodgson (Piano) are joined by Judith Linton (Fiddle), Billy Cralb (Double Bass) and George Bremner (Drums). •	Robert Burns’ Dances  •	Dancer’s Choice Vol.1  •	The Kangaroo Paw plus Dance Book  •	The Fisherman’s Reel (includes The Elephant’s Stampede)  •	Highlander Music Scottish Dances Vol. 12  •	St Bernard’s Waltz  •	Bordering on Scottish (Marian’s first CD from 1999)
This   album   showcases the   very   best   of   Robert   Burns’   songs and   is   essential   for   those   who   appreciate   the art   of   Scotland’s   national   bard.   Scottish   Dancers   will truly    enjoy    14    rousing    medleys    of    Burns’    melodies superbly arranged for dancing. The    CD    opens    with    The    Star    o’    Rabbie    Burns    before Marian   (Lead   Accordion),   Graham   Bell   (2 nd    Accordion), Max   Ketchin   (Drums)   and   Isobelle   Hodgson   (Piano) play   4   Jigs,   5   Reels,   3   Strathspeys   and   a Waltz.
Keith Smith and his fiddle join Marian and her usual line-up of Graham Bell (2nd accordion), Issy Hodgson (Piano & Bass) and Max Ketchin (Drums) to play some excellent tune sets. There are no less than 12 original tunes by Marian Anderson and two of Keith Smith's, plus an impressive array from other composers. Instructions for the 10 new dances are contained in the CD Booklet.  For more details click here. The Other Kangaroo Paw Released at the same time as The Sunday Class Book 1 CD, but quite different, reflecting its Australian origins, and another excellent show-piece of Marian's talent! ALL Marian Anderson’s CDs including: The book contains full instructions for the 6 original dances devised to celebrate the Branch’s Diamond Jubilee in 2006.  First released in 2008 and now re-issued by The Sunday Class, this CD has become a classic. Marian Anderson’s own opening tune for City of Belfast introduces us to a CD which every dancer would want to own. There are also tracks for 2 dances devised to celebrate their Ruby Anniversary (The Glens of Antrim and The Drumlins of Down) and two generic sets of good tunes for reels and jigs.   For more details click here. RSCDS Belfast Branch Diamond Jubilee Dances  & CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band The dance “Elma McCausland MBE” was specially devised by Lucy Mulholland to acknowledge the Belfast Branch’s delight at the award of MBE to Elma “for services to Scottish country dancing” in the 2017 New Year Honours list.  The Book contains full instructions for this dance and “Glenoe” devised for Elma by Daphne Jones, with a one-track CD by The Marian Anderson Trio. The tunes on the CD are Elma McCausland MBE (Marian Anderson), Cecil McCausland (Nan Main) and Tribute to West Renfrewshire (Ian Muir). RSCDS Belfast Branch honour Elma McCausland MBE  with CD by The Marian Anderson Trio Launched at the Branch’s 70th Anniversary Gala Evening on December 3rd 2016 in the magnificent surroundings of the Titanic Suite, Belfast, this Book and accompanying CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band is set to rival their Diamond Collection from 2006.  The Book contains full instructions and music for 14 new dances and a beautiful waltz.  For more details click here. RSCDS Belfast Branch Platinum Anniversary Dances  & CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band The book contains full instructions for 12 new dances by Gaye Collin from New Zealand, with some original sheet music, and crib diagrams by Keith Rose on a separate sheet.  On the CD are 13 tracks for dances in the Book (one as a reel and also a medley) plus a Warm-up March and finishes with Alex Hodgson singing Caledonia.   For more details click here. The Musicians’ Wedding Book of 12 Dances & CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band The book contains full instructions and crib diagrams (by Keith Rose) for 15 new dances by 6 local devisers, with some original sheet music.  On the CD are 15 tracks for dances in the Book plus Marian’s own recording for John Drewry’s ‘Ramadan-ce’, and a bonus track, ‘Barry & Doreen’s Continental Capers’ with full instructions and sheet music included.  For more details click here. The Sunday Class Dance Book 1  & CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band with accompanying CD by     Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band The Book contains full instructions and crib diagrams (by Keith Rose) for 16 new dances by 9 devisers, with sheet music for 8 original tunes.  On the CD there are 15 tracks for dances in the Book plus a bonus track, ‘Staircase in Styria’ (with dance instructions and sheet music included in the CD booklet), and the Band’s favourite polka followed by Alex Hodgson singing Auld Lang Syne.  For more details click here. The Sunday Class Dance Book 2  & CD by Marian Anderson’s Scottish Dance Band Christmas CD  by The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day . . . Now it can be with The Sunday Class 14 tracks for dances in all three tempi, with various barrings, plus a final cool-down waltz. 64 seasonal tunes including traditional carols, songs from musicals, pop music and children’s favourites - from Bach and Holst to Greg Lake and Shane MacGowan, with a sprinkling of snowmen and jingle bells! For more details click here. On the CD there are 15 tracks for dances which have all been previously published, including two each by Barry Priddey and Jean Attwood, a dance from the latest Birmingham (Platinum) Book, Deer Friends (which was submitted to the RSCDS for Book 52), and fun dances like Osgood Mackenzie of Inverewe and Stanford Swing. Eric Finley’s Hungarian Bride gets the classical treatment by Jim.   For more details click here. Recorded Highlights Volume 1  with Jim Lindsay & his Band
CDs, and their corresponding Dance Books if available Here   you   will   find   all   the   details   for   The   Sunday   Class   CDs   and/or   their   Dance   Books,   Recorded Highlights   Volume   1,   The   Musicians’   Wedding   (the   latest   book   from   Gaye   Collin   with   CD   from   Marian Anderson),    Belfast    Diamond    &    Platinum    collections,    both    Dunfermline    and    Banffshire    90 th   Anniversary   sets,   Argentine   Collection   2020,   Newcastle   70 th    Anniversary,   FFN   at   The   Stagger   Inn, the   Leeds   Golden   Collection,   Stirling   at   90   (includes   Bannockburn   700   book),   Spark   o’   Water,   etc.   - most   of   these   have   offers   of   a   reduced   price   to   buy   the   set   -   and   also   in   this   section   will   be   all   the stocked   CDs,   including   all   Marian   Anderson’s   recordings,   The   Dewhurst   Band,   Ian   Robertson,   Ewan Galloway, Scotch Mist, Jim Lindsay, Sandy Nixon, plus many others.
CDs & Sets
The Argentine Collection 2020
In   October   2019   Jim   Stott   visited   Argentina,   for   a   holiday   and   to   teach   a   workshop   in   Buenos   Aires   for   which he   had   devised   two   dances.   Finding   himself   with   time   on   his   hands   during   the   Lockdowns   in   2020,   he   wrote 12   more   dances,   ranging   from   easy   to   intermediate   with   one   or   two   more   challenging,   dedicated   to   members of   his   immediate   family   and   his   Argentine   friends.   There   are   7   strathspeys,   3   jigs,   3   reels   and   one   square-set medley. Proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to several Cancer Charities. The   accompanying   CD   is   by   Susan   &   Shona   MacFadyen   with   Ewan   Galloway.   12   of   the   tracks   have   new   lead tunes by Jim Stott, Scott Band, Bill Ewan, and Ewan Galloway with sheet music printed in the Dance Book.
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