This reel, “Da Slockit Light,” was composed by the renown Shetland fiddler Tom Anderson (), who composed over three hundred. Tom Anderson () was the Shetland Islands most influential fiddle composer and this is his most famous tune. In Cape Breton, Da. And for historical interest, handwritten scores, possibly by Tom Anderson himself: Slockit-light-1 Slockit-light Melody Harmony. Link (Midi or.

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Da Slockit Light

For the technically minded the interval between the melody and harmony notes is an augmented fifth! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Tunes old and new collected together by the late Tom Anderson, the well respected fiddle player and teacher from Shetland.

Tom Anderson, Silver Bow Tom Anderson wrote the tune in Shetland, partly to honour his late wife. One source claims it is the glowing tip at the end of an extinguished candle. She provided background on the tune, as have others, and the story runs as follows:. DonaldK I think it zlockit quite nice to be played on its own but I take your point.

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Different from the slcokit we usually play in Scots Music Group: Again, sorry for the ignorance. But we can see how good Da Slockit Light is and how it inspired folk?

We heard this tune played by Walt Michael – a hmmer dulcimer player from the States – at Sidmouth at couple of years back. Tom Anderson Shetland Times Ltd. Learn how your comment data is processed. Here is the abc transcription by Mary Lou Knack with added chords: As I understand it, the Shetland tradition is that what would be more baldly called “Lament to or for So-and-so” in the Irish tradition, is instead named after some object that reminds one of the deceased.


Da Slockit Light http: If you are a member of The Session, log in to add a comment. Their family band www. Old age leads to loss of nous. As you can imagine, “The Slockit Light”, and the meaning, a light extinguished or turned out, it has also featured at funerals. Perhaps Jeremy should add a section for slow airs. Here are the three I know are slovkit there somewhere: As I watched, the lights started going out one by one.

I remember a tale of where the tune came from, that Tom had driven out into the country at night and could see his village in the distance.

da Slockit Light

Is that an augmented fourth I dunno. A Shetland tune that was a favourite of the concertina player and singer Alan Cormack of Bristol UKa well-known musician in local sessions and bands, who died recently at the age of If you augment the lighht it becomes A. He toldusthat when Tom Anderson died this tune was played at his funeral and now if you play this tune in the Shetland Islands people stand.

It was after 11pm and with maybe a quarter-moon it was a rather dark night. Da Slockit Light R: A year later when he died suddenly at the age of 48 his son remembered this and it was played on Uillean pipes during the service. Ed Pearlman has performed, taught, and promoted fiddle music, particularly that of Scotland and Cape Breton for over 30 years. He began composing in and continued to do so almost until the day he died.

I also remember a second part by that fine American fiddler and fiddle teacher Pam Swing. He tours often as spockit duo with his son Neil, an accomplished professional pianist who seamlessly melds Scottish traditional tunes with Latin, funk, and jazz info on Ea and Neil as a duo.


Post a Comment or leave a trackback: However the scores for the harmony part that I have seen show it as a Bb! That very esoteric ra did occur to me as I was writing it, Donald. By the way, there are a few Tom Anderson tune books around, but they are pretty hard to come by these days.


As with so many other words in Shetland this is a Scandinavian word and as Michael suggests it means a light that is turned out, quenched or extinguished.

As he was leaving he looked back at the top of the hill leading out of the district and he saw so few lights compared to what he remembered from his youth. John, I expect Jeremy has seriously considered this, but there may be deep technical difficulties to do with the structure of the database why it has not happened yet.

Once, when asked about the tune, Tom Anderson recounted that he was leaving his birth-home of Esha Ness one cold January in Shetland Fiddle Tunes It has been done many times, by many players, traditional and classical. Augmented fifth – a bit strange.

It seems ridiculous that they are listed in other categories e. Published in it has become an important collection of Shetland tunes and dances. Follow comments with the RSS feed for this post.

Haand me doon da FiddleRinging Strings: Vanity prevailed and I wanted to post it as a new tune. The tune is played regularly in Bristol sessions. I have never ever thought about the fact that there is no synonymous word in Standard English. Sounds weird as a reel. Pam with Tom produced another excellent little volume of music from the Shetlands, also highly recommended: