The waltz was taught by travelling dancing masters to those who could afford their lessons during the 19th century. By the end of that century, the dance spread to the middle and lower classes of Irish and Scottish societies and traditional triple-tune tunes and songs were altered to fit the waltz rhythm. During the 20th century, the waltz found a distinctive playing style in the hands of cèilidh musicians at dances.
Here’s the tradtitional Scottish waltz ‘Fear a’ Bhàta’ (translated The boatman).
This is a Scots Gaelic song from the late 18th century, written by Sìne NicFhionnlaigh (Jean Finlayson) of Tong who was courting a young fisherman from Uig, Dòmhnall MacRath. The song captures the emotions that she endured during their courtship. The part of the story that is rarely told is that they were married not long after she composed the song.
This video was filmed in Kilmarnock one Saturday afternoon at the height of the Pandemic.
You are most welcome to browse, download and play any of the compositions. All compositions remain copyright © John C Grant. You can download all PDFs here
|A Scottish Memory||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Ann & Hugh's Golden Wedding||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Iain and Janice Shand||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Jim and Magdalena Kennedy||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|June Crawford||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Louise and Carrie Grant||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Marelle's Birthday Waltz||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Mo Mhire mo Mhùirn||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Mr & Mrs A Kerr||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Mr & Mrs D Meldrum||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Mr & Mrs J Chaplin-Brice||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Nelly and Jason's Waltz||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Ross and Catriona Morris||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Sharon Thomson||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|Sorcha mo Ghraidh||The Kilmarnock Collection|
|The Walkers of South Uist||The Kilmarnock Collection|