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Orkney (The Voice of The People Vol.28)

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A selection of the ground-breaking field recordings of instrumental music in Orkney made by Peter Kennedy in 1955. The BBC, for whom Peter Kennedy was working part-time in 1955, had more or less left Orkney alone in its recording activity, except for some recordings about local customs and beliefs made on location in 1954. At the time, Orkney was seen as being at the extreme edge of Great Britain, and was virgin territory for a music collector such as Peter, who travelled there in 1955, recording singers and musicians in informal circumstances, amassing a wealth of songs, dances and some speech excerpts that still exist. This CD presents a representative selection of the instrumental pieces from that treasure trove of traditional music.


  1. Name
  2. The Greeny Hill March - The Garson Trio
  3. King William's March - The Garson Trio
  4. The Victoria Waltz - The Garson Trio
  5. Napoleon Crossing The Rhine - John Fraser
  6. Jig: Rory O'more - John Fraser
  7. The Foursome Reel - John Fraser
  8. Two Wedding Marches - John Fraser
  9. Scapa Flow - The Anderson Brothers' Band
  10. Untitled Waltz - Billy & Jimmy Meil
  11. Hornpipes: Byrne's; The Elk's Festival - The Orkney Strathspey & Reel Society
  12. Polkas: Untitled; Untitled - The Orkney Strathspey & Reel Society
  13. Jigs (Two Quadrille Tunes) - Peter Pratt
  14. Miss Brown's Hornpipe - Peter Pratt
  15. The Morning Star - Peter Pratt
  16. Strathspey: Kitty My Navel - Peter Pratt
  17. Barndance: Paddy Carter - Peter Pratt
  18. Bob Johnstone's Strathspey & Reel - Bill Grieve
  19. Deerness Quadrille Tune - Tom Thomson
  20. The Venus Polka - The Garson Trio
  21. Jigs: Off She Goes; Dumfries House; Unidentified - The Garson Trio
  22. The Red House - Jim Leslie
  23. The House On The Hill - Jim Leslie
  24. The Glimps Holm March - Ronnie Aim
  25. Untitled March - Ronnie Aim
  26. The Grand March - The Orkney Strathspey & Reel Society
  27. Strathspey: Smith's A Gallant Fireman - John Burgess, Mary Omand & Tom Thomson
  28. Two Quicksteps: Unidentified; Patience Quadrille - John Burgess, Mary Omand & Tom Thomson
  29. The Grand March (No.2) - John Burgess, Mary Omand & Tom Thomson
  30. Strathspey: Archie O' Lamb Holm; Pipe March: Unidentified - Peter Pratt
  31. The Bride's Reel - Peter Pratt
  32. Tune For The Quadrille (The Rose Tree) - Peter Pratt
  33. Strathspeys: Moneymusk; The Iron Man - The Garson Trio
  34. March: The House Of Skene; Strathspeys: The Four Stringer; Macdonald Black - The Garson Trio
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