Scotch Mist has been born from the legacy of Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent. Following Bobby’s untimely death in 2011, his son Laird led the Scottish Accent through a transition period and the new band has developed. For this first CD the band line-up is Laird Brown (lead accordion), Stefanie Hutka (violin), ‘Kerry D. Boax’ (2ndaccordion - overdubbed), Donny Wood (piano), Warren Beesley (drums) and Rob Wolanski (bass). To complement this showcase of Canadian Scottish Country Dance music, the dances accompanying this recording 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.There are 13 dances followed by the Lament for Bobby Brown (Muriel Johnstone) and a closing waltz composed by Laird & Donny. The dances are traditional length (8 or 4 x 32bars) and many of the tunes are also traditional - Greenwoodside, The Wee Man at the Loom, Kirk’s Hornpipe, Goodnight & Joy Be With You, to name but four, but there are some excellent arrangements and sets, again courtesy of Laird & Donny, including new tunes by Donny Wood and others, mixed with ‘old’ ones by Stan Hamilton, Adam Rennie and the like, and even Sousa’s Liberty Bell!
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Brenda’s Jig4 x 32 Jig3 Jack Hayes jigs in this set to set us all dancing!New Year Wedding3 x 32 StrathspeyPromise of Spring8 x 32 ReelThe Snow Eater8 x 32 JigTraditional tunes for this dance from southern Alberta where the Chinooks blow - winds which raise the temperature very quickly causing the snow to melt Lilbert’s Strathspey4 x 32 PastoraleNamed tune by Laird begins this set for a dance dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her Diamond Jubilee The Reel of the Pinehurst Eight4 x 32 ReelA golfer’s dance but the first tune is Stan Hamilton’s “The Duffers’ Reel”.... A Trip to Crinan8 x 32 JigA superbly matched set including Liberty Bell (J P Sousa)
Amhuinnsuidhe Castle8 x 32 StrathspeyThe Quinte Gathering8 x 32 HornpipeLively hornpipes for this dance which includes a Corner TargeItchy Feet8 x 32 JigTunes by Peter White and Adam Rennie with two traditional ones certainly fit this title!Phoenix Rising4 x 32 StrathspeyA dance dedicated to Bobby Brown’s memory and celebrating Laird’s leadership of this new band, beginning with Bobby’s own Frances Carol BrownGeorge Watson of Tipperlinn8 x 32 JigFather to Son8 x 32 ReelA Simon Scott dance to another well-matched set of recognisable tunes, again dedicated to Bobby & Laird LamentWaltz