The Rev. Kim Cran of Blairdaff and Chapel of Garioch.
Northeast Scotland accordionist Ian Thow wrote this tune for the local Reverend. Kim’s husband Bill asked me to play a recording of this as a surprise gift for his wife. He emailed me the handwritten accordion sheet music as I’d never heard the tune. I recorded the waltz and thought it a lovely tune. It wasn’t until some time later that the composer Ian Thow pointed out that the last two measures of the accordion part are meant to be in Jig time! I had misread the manuscript. Not consciously noticing the 6/8 time signature change, I kept it in a waltz tempo! It sounds hard to believe, but that’s what I did by accident. The Piano part on the end was just a bit of unexpected inspiration during the recording.
I hope you like my misinterpretation of a bonnie tune.
Ian has kindly allowed me to share his sheet music for this piece on my website should you wish to play it. He’s be really happy to hear folk play his music, as would I.
Try and watch for that Jig part 🙂
Last modified: November 5, 2021
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