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Early Scottish Ragtime

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Early Scottish Ragtime
Early Scottish Ragtime


Many people are familiar with the movement of songs and tunes from Britain to North America, but this project presents American dance tunes that came to Britain as well as some tunes from England and Scotland that in their rhythmic quality seem to pre-figure ragtime music. The unifying theme of this CD is syncopation, the significant characteristic of Ragtime. Ragtime came to public notice in the 1890s in America and, within months, Europe, too, fell under its spell. There were none of today's mass media methods of communicating music yet it spread like wildfire. As shown by Vic Gammon and his friends with the tunes in this collection, syncopation had existed in traditional tunes since at least the eighteenth century which begs the question were Scots playing ragtime years before Scott Joplin had his first piece published?

Dr Vic Gammon recently retired from being Senior Lecturer in Folk and Traditional Music, but continues to be a guest member of staff at the International Centre for Music Studies at the Newcastle University. He is also a singer, plays concertina, melodeon, tenor banjo and mandolin and has recorded extensively. His 'friends' include Sandra Kerr ("Bagpuss'), noted fiddle player Stewart Hardy, Desi Wilkinson from the Irish band 'Cran' and BBC Folk Award nominee, Dan Walsh.


  1. Name
  2. Bob Chadduck's Jig
  3. Old Man's Dance/tom Brigg's Jig
  4. Billy The Kid's Jig/hole In The Wall
  5. Negro Melody/hey Daddy
  6. The Aird Set
  7. The Marquis Of Carmarthen's Birthday/the Collier's Daughter
  8. The Pig Set
  9. Oakland Garden
  10. Barley Cake/the Bush
  11. The Hoop Set
  12. Jenny's Whim/jenny's Delight
  13. Get On The Train
  14. Sherburn Castle/i'll Be Married
  15. In The Woodpile/hell On The Wabash
  16. Geordie Favourites Set
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