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George Spence – Live on Radio for Children in Need

My 14 year old son George played on live radio for the first time last night on Radio Shetland for the Children in Need programme.  I dropped him off at the studio and went out to my car and switched on the radio to listen. I got my mobile phone on record to capture him playing fiddle along with Kirsten Henry on piano. It was a wild night with gale force winds and heavy sleety showers (which was rattling off the windscreen on my car!) and there was also a helicopter flying overhead, so it all added some interesting sound effects to my already poor quality phone recording!

Here is a couple of sets I managed to record in the car. The first is a lovely slow air composed by Phil Cunningham called ‘The Pearl’. The second set is two tunes composed by George, ‘Da Booncy Castle’ followed by a tune he hasn’t got a name for yet and finishes with a great reel composed by Gideon Stove called ‘Da Brig o’ Fitch.

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‘The Pearl’

‘Da Booncy Castle’, Un-named tune, ‘Da Brig o’ Fitch’

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Spencie’s Tune Raises £550 for Children in Need!

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Children in Need 2017 – Tune for Auction

A Reel composed by Spencie for the Children in Need auction on Radio Shetland.

Played here by Spencie on fiddle and John Laughland on piano and bass.

What is available for the people who bid is:
Name the tune with a title of their choice
Dedication if required
Framed Manuscript
CD with printed cover

Get bidding on Friday night!!

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Doreen’s Spoual Waltz

Commissioned for Doreen Craig as a gift for her birthday from her husband Don.

 

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November 2017 Competition

Question: Who composed the popular Shetland tune ‘Millbrae’ ?
Prize: Signed copy of Spencie’s Tunes Vol 5 Book & discTo enter fill in details below:

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Martin’s Far North Reel

Martin with his tune in Spencie’s house

Composed for Martin Clunes on his visit to Unst in 2008.

Played by Steven Spence on fiddle, Alice Mullay on piano and Jonathan Ritch on guitar & bass.

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Martin buys an “UYEA” fiddle for his daughter from Spencie

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Spencie’s Tunes Vol 5

Review by Alex Monaghan for Folkworld magazine.
 

STEVEN SPENCE – Spencie’s Tunes 5
Published by Steven Spence 2014, no ISBN: www.spenciestunes.com
76 pages softbound £10, CD also available

Shetland fiddler Steven Spence must have well over 200 compositions to his name by now. Here are thirty-five of his recent creations, plus one by accordionist Grant Crawford. They range from modern reels to old-time waltzes, with a typical Shetland mix of ceilidh music, Scots and American fiddling, and those magical tunes which, like the trowies, just seem to pop out of the ground in Shetland. Steven is from Unst, on the northern tip of the archipelago, and while some of his music is inspired by that island, many more of the pieces here sprang from special commissions. Weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, departures, and even charity auctions have spawned these melodies, often with precise instructions: a slow waltz, a march, a quickstep for the Canadian Barndance. The book contains clear transcriptions of each composition on a full page. The facing page generally gives the background, and a photo related to the tune. No accompaniment or arrangement is noted, but there is an accompanying CD where Steven is joined by several friends on accordion, piano, bass, guitar and drums, giving a good idea of how to play and back each piece.

Not every tune here appealed to me immediately, but after a couple of listens most of them won me over. The range of styles and moods here is enormous, from the beautiful simplicity of A Pig’s Trot to the bluegrass virtuosity of Isles Boy Meets City Girl (which incidentally is the only point I found where the performance on the CD doesn’t quite follow the dots). A Jig for Hamish is a modern Scots piece with both rhythm and lyricism. Da Alma Wedding Reel is one of several with a backwoods feel, while Terry’s Tune is unmistakably Shetland fiddle music. Being Bad in the Harcus Barn could be a James Hill hornpipe: it’s even written in Bb, a favourite 19th century key! Peerie Ertie’s 18th Reel was one of my instant favourites, very Shetland again, especially compared to the almost Irish sound of A Reel for Doreen. I’m guessing most of the titles were not chosen by Spencie, and it’s clear from the text that he’s matched the tunes perfectly to the recipients in many cases. With a preference for waltzes and reels, and a range of keys from A to Bb with most in G, this collection should suit most traditional musicians. The final page of Spencie’s Tunes 5 presents Grant Crawford’s Compliments to Steven Spence, a composition for Spencie from another fine composer, a good going contemporary reel well worth learning.

Alex Monaghan

 

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