Simon Thoumire recently asked whether we knew anything about fiddler William Craig, his life and music. Like others we knew little but had been intrigued by him for some years. After a brief flurry of research we offer the following information as well as three of his pioneering tracks.
Elgin melodeon player Fred Cameron recorded these figures for quadrilles and other tracks in 1910.
Singer Earl Robinson paired his song that opens with the line “What is America to me?…” with Robert Burns’ A man’s a man for a’ that.
Listed to the strings of the BBC Scottish Orchestra playing traditional dance music, arranged and conducted by Ian Whyte. More to follow later:
RareTunes is now 10 years old. We are still uploading tracks from our original system and have recently added fiddlers, singers, pipers and folk groups. Happy listening! Many, many more still to come!
Hear forgotten button accordionist Davy Hutchison here. With supporting biographical information and memoirs.
We have now added video content of included performers served from our rareTunes and other’s youtube.com channels. As videos are added they will be announced via posts such as this. Click here.
A precious recording of a song dedicated to footballer John Thomson, ‘The Laddie frae Cardenden’ recorded shortly after his tragic death in 1931. Click here.
Lyndsey Porteous of Culross, Fife, plays trump (jew’s harp) on a suite of recordings made in 2009 and 2010. Click here.