Gordon Shand - Bridge The Gap

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(April 2018)

The second collection of original compositions by Fife composer and Scottish dance band leader Gordon Shand.

The sheet music book contains thirty-nine recently composed tunes and include reels, jigs, marches, strathspeys and waltzes.

A feast of tunes that beidge the gap between the style of Traditional Scottish Dance Music and Contemporary Folk Music.

Several of the melodies ideal for use by Scottish Country Dance or Ceilidh Bands, and others being more suitable for Folk Bands or Groups to include in their playlist.

All the melodies are arranged with chord symbols and background information is supplied about each composition.

Gordon, who hails from Dunfermline in Fife, first started composing in 1989 and since then his tunes have been performed regularly by Scottish Dance Bands broadcasting on BBC Radio Scotland's Take the Floor.

His compositions have also been a popular choice for musicians competing at various music festivals, including the 2017 Perth All-Scotland Accordion and Fiddle Festival when the Scottish Dance Band competitors were invited to perform tunes by either Sir Jimmy Shand or Gordon Shand.


Reels: Ardabhaigh * Bob McHugh's Welcome To Alloa * Bridge The Gap * The Delta Police Pipe Band * Glory Days ( The Wasps) * Harold's Golfing Adventures * In The Nick Of Time * Life In The Fast Lane * Manfrini * Peatbogs Welcome To The Alhambra * Reunited * Skerryvore's Welcome To PJ Molloys * The Titanic Fiddler * Totten's Tonic.

Jigs: Joe McLaughlin's Jig * Kylish * Tea And Toast * The Wolfstone Jig.

Strathspeys: John Carswell's Strathspey * Keil View House * The Maid Of Glencoul.

Marches: Ally Mac * Frederic's March * James And Emma's 18th * James Johnston Berry * The Special Day.

Schottisches: Don't Answer Back * Kickin' Country.

Hornpipes: Alex Smith's Hornpipe * Cameron's Rugby Tackle.

Polkas: Bert Shand's Wee 2 Row Button Box * Bobby MacLeod's Box.

Airs/ Waltzes: An Air For Mrs Mair * Blythe * Do You Fancy A Dance? * Leaving Dunkeld * Mina * Seventy * The Super Six Waltz.

"A mix of compositions that would suit not just the dance band player but there is something there for everybody. Tunes for box, fiddle, pipes… they're all there. There are tunes for mixed abilities too, from simple sweet airs to finger twisting reels." Phil Cunningham.

"It is such an honour to have a tune composed for us by a musician that is so creative and exciting in his approach to traditional music." Daniel Gillespie (Skerryvore).

"Gordon is continuing to fly the flag for the Shand name at the very top of the Scottish Dance Music world, not only as one of the accordion greats within the scene, but also as one of Scotland’s most prolific composers." Gary Innes (Manran and Presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s "Take the Floor").

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