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Traditional & Contemporary Shetland Music

Learn some fantastic tunes from the islands to the far North

The Traditional & Contemporary Shetland Music course is for those players wishing to expand their repertoire with tunes unique to the Shetland Isles. The course is pitched at Intermediate and slightly above level of ability.

Learn the history of the tunes, before the different types of bowing and embellishments often found in Shetland music.

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Course Syllabus & Structure

TitleLesson Length
Da Caald Nights O Winter25m 25s
Da Fields O Foula34m 48s
Da Aith Rant36m 42s
Da Bixter Rant29m 09s
Da Silver Bow39m 15s
Da Scallowa Lasses19m 39s
Heave & Go18m 23s
Da Back Reel26m 39s
Da Westside Brides March30m 49s
MORE COMING SOON!

Each lesson is split into 4 or 5 clips depending on the type of tune. 

This could be:
1. A Brief Intro and Play Through
2. A tutorial on the ‘A’ Section
3. A tutorial on the ‘B’ Section
4. A tutorial on ornamentation.

Kevin Henderson

Your Tutor -

Kevin Henderson is regarded as one of Shetlands finest fiddle players and is in hot demand playing with some of the best known groups and musicians in the folk music scene. He is a founding member of award winning Shetland powerhouse, Fiddlers’ Bid, has been a member of folk music legends, Boys of the Lough, since 2001, a member of Scottish super group Session A9 since 2004 and co-founded the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc in 2009.

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Lesson 1. Da Caald Nights O Winter

Kevin begins his course of Shetland tunes by looking at a traditional piece from the island of Whalsay, called “Da Caald Nights O Winter”.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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Lesson 2. Da Fields O Foula

The next tune in Kevin’s course on Contemporary and Traditional Music from Shetland is a traditional jig called “Da Fields O Foula”.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 3. Da Aith Rant

Kevin moves on to one of the few jigs in the Shetland repertoire, reputedly written by the Trows, the little people who live underground…   This Post is only available to subscribed

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Lesson 4. Da Bixter Rant

Kevin turns his attention to a great traditional reel in G Major called “Da Bixter Rant”, no doubt named after a festive gathering in the village of Bixter!   This Post is

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Lesson 5. Da Silver Bow

Kevin teaches what is called a “Listening Tune” in Shetland – a tune from the playing of the late, great Peter Fraser.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 6. Da Scallowa Lasses

Kevin moves on to look at his version of a great traditional reel from Shetland called Da Scallowa Lasses.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 7. Heave and Go

Kevin next looks at a 2/4 March in G Major called Heave and Go.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 8. Da Back Reel

The next piece is a brilliant reel from Shetland in D Major, simply called Da Back Reel.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 9. Da Westside Brides March

Kevin next focuses his attention on a Bridal March from the West side of Shetland he learnt from the playing of Peter Fraser.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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