Tom Hughes And Friends -Traditional Music Of The Scottish Borders

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(June 2015)

35 Tracks: Redesdale And Galloway Hornpipes * Braes O' Mar * Tam's Old Love Song * Tam's Victoria Waltz * Marquis Of Lorne * Cowie's Hoprnpipe * Lady Mary Ramsay/ Orange And Blue * Henry Hughes’ Favourite * The Frost Is All Over * Sidlaw Hills/ The Wife She Brewed It * Huntsman's Chorus * High Road To Linton * Barren Rocks Of Aden * Champagne Charlie * Auld Robin Grey * Faudenside Polka * Rock And A Wee Puckle Tow * Cock Yer Leg Up * Floeurs O Edinburgh/ East Neuk O Fife * Lady Mary Ramsay / Orange And Blue * Lilliesleaf Polka * Farewell To Whisky / Roxburgh Castle * Millicent's Favourite * Greencastle Hornpipe * Boys Of Blue Hill/ Harvest's Long In Coming * Morpeth Rant * Kelso Hiring Fair * Lady Mary Ramsay/ Soldier's Joy * The Triumph * Old Rustic Bridge * Auld Graden Kirn * Liberton Pipe Band * Redeside Hornpipe.

An exceptional collection of traditional fiddle music from the Scottish Borders recorded by Tom Hughes of Jedburgh and friends.

The recordings were made by Peter Shepheard who first remembers hearing Tom Hughes play the fiddle in June 1978 at the Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival.

Tom was born into a musical family, his grandfather Henry Hughes, father Thomas and two uncles all played in a band together at local events.

Tom spent his working life as a ploughman on farms in the Border countryside around Jedburgh.

His fiddle style includes many characteristic Scottish elements, although different from any mainstream fiddle style such as that of Scotland's North East or that of the West Highlands.

Through Tom's playing we are able to gain an insight into an old, traditional, fiddle style that stretches back through his family well into the 1800s and that may well have evolved from or retain much older elements.

"A perfect example of how the work of a traditional musician should be presented. The tunes flow as free and easy as a Border burn." The Guardian.

"Infinitely interesting . . . an inspiration to younger musicians." (Musical Traditions).

"As robust as the Border hills and full of life throughout." Sandy Bell's Broadsheet.

"A lovely record for musicians as well as general lovers of folk music." Morning Star.

Tom Hughes of Jedburgh (fiddle), Wattie Robson of Denholm (fiddle), Bob Hobkirk of Dodburn (fiddle), Tom Scott of Canonbie (fiddle), Jack Carruthers of Canonbie (tin whistle), Brian Miller of Penicuik (guitar), Sid Cairns of Hawick (guitar).

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