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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He has worked with many of the top fiddlers from Scotland and Cape Breton. Learn how your dx data is processed. Haand me doon da FiddleRinging Strings: 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. Published in it has become an important collection of Shetland tunes and dances. But we can see how good Da Slockit Light is and how it inspired folk? She provided background on the tune, as have others, and the story runs as follows:.
Da Slockit Light http: As you can imagine, “The Slockit Light”, and the meaning, a light extinguished or turned out, it has also featured at funerals.
Different from the harmony we usually play in Scots Music Group: Once, when asked about the tune, Tom Anderson recounted that he was leaving his birth-home of Esha Ness one cold January in Vanity prevailed and I wanted to post it as a new tune. Perhaps Jeremy should add a section dx slow airs.
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.
By the way, there are a few Tom Anderson tune books around, but they are pretty hard to come by these days. Augmented fifth – a bit strange. That very esoteric point did occur lught me as I was writing it, Donald.
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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 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 xa object that reminds one of the deceased.
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Da Slockit Light
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. As he was leaving he looked back at the top of the liyht leading out of the slpckit and he saw so few lights compared to what he remembered from his youth. Another way to look at it is that the fifth of D is A. We heard this tune played by Walt Michael – a hmmer dulcimer player from the States – at Sidmouth at couple of years back.
Tom Anderson wrote the tune in Shetland, partly to honour his late wife. Tom Anderson Shetland Times Ltd.
da Slockit Light
It was after 11pm and with maybe a quarter-moon it was a rather dark night. Membership is free, and it only takes a moment to sign up. I always thought it was a lighthouse, but found out a “Slockit” light is a “broken” one. Does anyone have the sheet music for the counter melody for Da Slockit Light?
Pam with Tom produced another excellent little volume of music from the Shetlands, also highly recommended: Old age leads to loss of nous. Tom Anderson, Silver Bow Thanks for combining the threads.
However the scores for the harmony part that I have seen show it as a Bb! As I watched, the lights started going out one by one. For the technically minded the interval between the melody and harmony notes is an augmented fifth! This tune is sometimes thought to be his best-known, and it is often played very slowly to reflect the sort of melancholy nostalgia with which it was composed.
Shetland Fiddle Tunes If you augment the fifth it becomes A. Da Slockit Light, Reel in D.