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Will Fly
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« on: September 20, 2009, 05:14:03 PM »

I've been loaned a book of Shetland reels for fiddlers recently, so I've started at Page 1 and picked up the mandolin. Here's the first offering:

This reel was composed by Shetland fiddler Samuel Ian Rothmar Burns (Ian Burns for short) in 1980. Spootiskerry, as it is more appropriately named, is the name of a farm in the Burns family. A "skerry" is a group of rocks which is covered by the sea, but can sometimes be visible depending on the tide. It's often played at a rattling rate by fiddlers, including Stephen Sibbald, the fiddler in the ceilidh band I play in, but it's also nice to take it at a relaxed pace and let the notes sing.

The Spoot O' Skerry

Not really guitar stuff, so perhaps a little inappropriate for this forum, but perhaps one mandolin reel won't hurt!

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 05:43:47 PM »

Reel good! That one does sound more from this century er oops, more recent. Thanks
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 06:28:11 PM »

Loving that one Will. I really like the sound of that mandolin.
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