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Scottish Fire

by Bonnie Rideout

Scottish fiddle champion ignites the fire and passion of Scotland with playing "so intensely personal and emotional that one feels like an eavesdropper," the Glasgow Herald
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Grant's Rant/The Brown-Haired Daughter/ Innes of
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2. The Champion of the Seas/Over the Isles to America/Pop Goes the
5:16 $0.99
3. Oh Onochie O
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4. Grace Hay's Delight/Dunkeld House/Mrs. McGee's Reel
4:14 $0.99
5. The Highlands of Scotland/The Lowlands of Scotland/Kelo House/Mi
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6. Lude's Lament
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7. The Brown-Haired Lad/O Boatman
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8. Tibby Fouller O' the Glen/The Lonach Highland Fling/Miss Shepher
4:09 $0.99
9. Brose and Butter/Cuzle Together/Elsie Marly
4:48 $0.99
10. What the Devil Ails You!/Loch Ness
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11. The 156th Brigade at the Battle of Romani
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12. Purser's Air/Fishing off Eilean Na H'airde/ Drinan Jig
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Album Notes
MUSICIANS are: Bonnie Rideout-Fiddle & viola with Jerry O'Sullivan-Uilleann pipes & Scottish small-pipes;Mike Green-Great Highland pipes;Al Petteway-Guitar;Robin Bullock-Guitar & cittern;Maggie Sansone Hammered dulcimer;Tina Chancey Viola da gamba;Paddy Leaguea-Bodhran, snare, udu & djembe;John Quigg-Snare & bass drums.

Notes from the CD liner notes opens with Bonnie Rideout's own comments:" Stashed away in my memory over the years is an ever-increasing number of favored tunes that I have never had the opportunity to record. The music presented here ranges from J. Scott Skinner's "Dr. Gordon Stables,'" a wonderful fiery reel I once played to garner my first national fiddling title as a young teenager; to "Fear A Bhata," a heartbreaking air which after thirty years, still bursts out of me during moments of intense melancholy. The final set of tunes, beginning with "Purser's Air," are new compositions written for old friends. An unaccompanied work, it reflects my undying passion for Scottish fiddle music. It is my wish that these melodies will grow on you as they have grown on me. Thank you for listening."

1. Grant's Rant/NIGHEAN DONN(The Brown-Haired Daughter)/ Innes of Sandsides'/MO CHUACHAG LAGHACH (The Gentle Milkmaid)/ Stuart's Rant Traditional Highland reels. Fiddle, guitar (Al), Scottish small-pipes & bodhran 4:16

2. The Champion of the Seas/Over the Isles to America/Pop Goes the Weasel/Rossie Castle This set begins with a hornpipe and works its way into some fun traditional reels. Fiddle, guitar (Al), cittern (Robin) & bodhran 5:14

3. OH ONOCHIE O A Scottish air. Fiddle, viola & uilleann pipes 5:06.

4. Grace Hay's Delight/Dunkeld House/Mrs. McGee's Reel Two jigs published by the Gows and one by J. Riddell -- all favorites among country dancers. A warning to choreographers: I have added bits and beats so this may be a challenge on the dance floor. Fiddle, 12-string guitar & cittern (Robin) & bodhran 4:12.

5. The Highlands of Scotland/The Lowlands of Scotland/Kelo House/Miss Clementina Stewart The "Highlands" and "Lowlands" are traditionally played as a strathspey and reel set, although I also play "Lowlands" as a strathspey. Because "Kelo House" and "Miss Clementina" share very similar B sections, we enjoyed interchanging them and playing with them a bit. Fiddle, guitar, bodhran, snare (Paddy) & viola da gamba 4:03.

6. Lude's Lament As with all laments on my recordings, I perform them live in the studio without edits in order to maintain an unbroken intensity. This particular lament is one of the most honest and vulnerable pieces of music I have experienced. It is so touching that I felt any accompaniment or harmony would deter from its elemental beauty. Fiddle 3:24.

7. AN GILLE DONN(The Brown-Haired Lad)/FEAR A BHATA(O Boatman) The first of these two heart-breaking laments was collected by musicologist Margaret Shaw sometime between 1930 and1935 on the Isle of South Uist in the outer Hebrides. When sung, its lyrics reflect upon the loss of a lover whose ship went down in the Sound of Canna. I follow it with a lament written about a woman whose lover has broken his promise to return from his journey at sea. Despite the opinions of her neighbors who think he has long since forgotten her, she desperately believes that he will come back. This ancient melody beautifully captures the agony one may endure whilst wondering if it is death or an untrue heart that creates a lover's long absence. Viola & guitar 3:44.

8. Tibby Fouller O' the Glen/The Lonach Highland Fling (Peter
Baillie)/Miss Shepherd/Dr. Gordon Stables' Reel These tunes have been resting in my fingers for over twenty years. The set starts with two powerful strathspeys in the North East fiddle tradition ending with J. Scott Skinner's variations. The reels which follow were also written by Skinner. Fiddle & 12-string guitar (Robin) 4:08.

9. Brose and Butter/Cuzle Together/Elsie Marly These contemporary- sounding Scottish jigs were actually published in London around 1765 by Robert Bremner. Viola, uilleann pipes, bodhran, udu & djembe 4:46.

10. What the Devil Ails You!/Loch Ness Historically these tunes are considered an air and a strathspey, but I play them as a waltz and a slow reel. Fiddle, viola, guitar, hammered dulcimer & viola da gamba. 4:09.

11. The 156th Brigade at the Battle of Romani A classic 19th century pipe march. Fiddle, great Highland pipes, snare & bass drums (John) 3:30.

12. Purser's Air/Fishing off Eilean Na H'airde/ Drinan Jig I will let the air speak for itself. The strathspey was written after catching our dinner off the southern shore of the Isle of Skye with my dear friends John and Bar Purser. The jig has a bit of the Irish in the middle sections with an Highland accent at the top and bottom, my own musical description of Dr. Purser. Fiddle 7:40.

One of the finest Scottish fiddlers of our time, Bonnie
Rideout brings a brilliant virtuosity to the evocative music of the Highlands. From Scotland's Edinburgh International Festival to America's Kennedy Center, her fiery performances of ancient Gaelic melodies,strathspeys,jigs and reels ignite the rich musical traditions of her Scottish heritage. A three-time U.S. Scottish fiddle champion,Bonnie has been featured on CBS-TV's "Sunday Morning," and NPR's "Morning Edition," "Performance Today" and "The Thistle & Shamrock."

Bonnie's solo CDs (Maggie's Music)are:



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This CD never leaves my CD player.
My stereo has a 3-CD changer. Two CDs never, and I mean never, leave from the changer, and this CD is one of the two.

The Washington Post

“This music moves a lot more than just her fingers…a rare combination of urgency