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None so Pretty

by The Berkeley Scottish Players

A re-release of the historic 1978 LP by the Scottish country dance band from Berkeley, featuring fiddles, flute, piano, bass and drums, with the occasional touch of hammered dulcimer and pennywhistle.
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. None so Pretty (8x40 Set of Reels): Johnnie in Nether Mains / Bessie's Haggies / 93rd Sutherland Highlanders' Farewell to Edinburgh
5:46 $0.99
2. Bonnie Flowers O'er the Muir (8x32 Strathspeys): Barbara Rae / The Treasure of Sierra Madre / Patty's Flute
8:20 $0.99
3. The Wild Geese (8x32 Jigs): Mrs McPherson of Cluny / Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston's Jig / Lord Macpherson of Drumochter
4:35 $0.99
4. The Shetland Fiddler (4x32 Reels): The Shetland Fiddler / Millbrae
2:25 $0.99
5. Wandering Waltzes: Bonnie George Campbell / Wandering Willie / The Blackbird
3:19 $0.99
6. Ye're Welcome, Charlie Stuart (8x32 Reels): Ye're Welcome, Charlie Stuart / Miss Flora McDonald's Reel / Inver Lasses
4:47 $0.99
7. Adieu Mon Ami (8x32 Strathspeys): Miss Margaret Gordon / The Haughs of Cromdale / Atholl House
8:23 $0.99
8. The Montgomeries' Rant (8x32 Reels): Lady Montgomerie / Archie Menzies / Clean Pea Strae
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Album Notes
In the fall of 1973 Barbara (Turner) Bouwsma and several other members of the Berkeley Class began to bring instruments to weekly class and play for their fellow dancers. Additional musicians joined in, Barbara arranged more sets of music for dancing, and soon the group was invited to play for monthly parties and other functions of the San Francisco Branch. Along the way they acquired the name “Cabbage Band,” and on formal occasions, The Berkeley Scottish Players. The band’s first formal engagement was for the Branch’s October Weekend and Ball of 1975. Casual get-togethers gave way to regular rehearsals by a core group of nine players. The polished and spirited performance at the Ball was enthusiastically received and set a precedent for the memorable October Weekends of 1977 and 1978 at Asilomar, California. As the group gained experience in country dance music it developed a unique style which blended traditional fiddle technique with original arrangements and harmonies. Highland dance, Shetland fiddle arrangements, and Scottish songs were added to the repertoire for local radio and television productions and concerts. Monthly dances, Christmas parties, and the Ball at the Santa Rosa Highland Games became regular parts of the band’s schedule. One of the highlights of 1978 was the band’s trip to Victoria, B.C., where they provided the music for the Victoria Branch’s St. Patrick’s Day Ball. With support from members of the San Francisco Branch, the band began recording in 1976. The first record, A Camp of Pleasure, released in 1977, was the first long-playing album for Scottish country dancing ever recorded by an American band. This album introduced the band’s distinctive musical style, inspired by the violin sound of the great Scottish dance bands of the 1930s. In their album Heather and Yon and in this, their third album, the band has continued to convey to dancers worldwide their special feeling for Scottish country dance music. — Paul Machlis & Henry Thompson Berkeley, California, 1979



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