RSCDS LEEDS BRANCH 50TH ANNIVERSARYThe Leeds Golden COLLECTION
Neil Barron formed his Scottish Dance Band in 1983 and, being based in Wetherby, is well known to RSCDS Leeds Branch members. For this CD the band line-up is Neil Barron (lead accordion), Alasdair MacLeod (2nd accordion), Marie Fielding (fiddle), Bill Craib (double bass), Dennis Morrison (piano) and Gordon Smith (drums). There are 12 dances from the Golden Collection book (available for sale separately) plus an additional track for the dance South from Oban which was first published in RSCDS Leeds Branch 10th Anniversary Book. There are two 8 x 40 bar jigs and all the other dances are 3, 4 or 8 x 32 bars in length. Most of the lead tunes are Neil’s own compositions followed by traditional arrangements mixed with tunes by Skinner, Rankine et al, plus some from Neil’s contemporary composers such as George Meikle, who composed the lead tune for Scarborough Castle.This quality recording by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios makes for good listening even if you don’t have the dance book or teach a class. Worth adding to any collection!
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Charles Ogden’s Jig8 x 32 JigGolden Arc8 x 32 ReelShirley’s Strathspey3 x 32 StrathspeyAfter Neil’s opening tune, Sicklinghall, enjoy James Scott Skinner’s Tom Dey and Reith’s ClarionetThe Leccamore Jig8 x 32 JigNeil’s Traveller’s Joy is followed by tunes by Rob Gordon, Lindsay Ross and Jimmy Shand (Margaret Cook’s Fancy) Jacqui Watson’s Strathspey3 x 32 StrathspeyJohn Renton wrote the original tune, here matched seamlessly with two from Andrew Rankine All the Eights8 x 32 JigThroopmuir Croft by Neil Barron leads here but is recognisable as a ‘standard’ from many recordings by others, as is Jim Johnstone’s Baker’s Wood A Twinkle in his Eye4 x 32 Strathspey
Nifty Ninety3 x 32 ReelA ‘nifty’ reel to some great tunes, including Bobby Crowe’s Balmullo HouseScarborough Castle8 x 32 StrathspeyGeorge Meikle’s title tune is followed by the traditional Mary Morison, For A’ That & A’ That and My Only Jo an’ Dearie O.The Cooper Children8 x 40 JigFour tunes by Neil follow the traditional Wee Cooper o’ Fife, with two more traditional tunes to complete the set - another useful track for those ‘Cooper’ dances ... Candyfloss3 x 32 StrathspeyJovial Jack8 x 32 ReelSouth from Oban8 x 40 JigThe named tune is by Nan Main and this final set also includesthe popular Major Mackie