|Just to prove that the Scottish tradition is
alive and well and, not as many people like to think, something that died
hundreds of years ago, we have two brand new tunes from two of Scotland's
finest young composers.
The Unicorn was written by an ex band member and fiddler, a gentleman
(yes, you can be all three) called Stuart Morison. Stuart toured
with us for a couple of years, during which time his writing
skills were already obvious to all who heard his compositions. He
wrote this in honor of the Frigate Unicorn, a wooden warship from 1824
which is the oldest British built ship afloat in the world. It lies
today in Dundee harbour, and apparently is the only ship in the world
afloat that was a commissioned vessel in two World Wars.
Nial Kenny is responsible for the second tune, written on the occasion of
a trip, not by him, but some friends to, you guessed it, Pakistan.
To close the selection we have chosen a Breton melody. We have it on
authority from good friends and "partners in musical crime"
Bleizi Ruz that this is an Andro, a Breton dance, which, unfortunately,
nobody seems to know the title of! For music of this ilk, you can do
no better than listen to the work of the aforementioned band.