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Styles Classical Guitar Duos • Celtic Acts

Counties Cumbria • Durham • Merseyside • North Yorkshire • Northumberland • Borders • Central • Dumfries and Galloway • Fife • Grampian • Highland • Lothian • Orkney • Tayside

Biography

This Scottish Guitar Duo formed in 2010 by two experienced performers having played in various bands, quartets and trios for many years.

Having opened for the likes of Dick Gaughan, Duck Baker and Michael Marra the duo are now starting to make a name for themselves. Using nylon and steel string guitars and the dobro for slide playing the duo create imaginative instrumental arrangements of traditional fiddle, pipe, harp and song melodies taken from different regions of the celtic world.The repertoire can also include works by Scottish composers such as John Maxwell Geddes and Peter Maxwell Davies. Music with a Scottish connection always features prominently from early works associated with musicians of the Scottish royal courts to trad tunes and works by contemporary Scottish composers.

The Guitar Duo brings together a number of acoustic guitar traditions: steel string, classical and slide guitar and explores the possibilities for the instrument within the world of traditional music. The role of the guitar in Scottish and Irish music has mainly developed, with some notable exceptions, as a backing instrument (and not always a welcome one!).
 
Their debut album takes another approach, presenting these well known tunes in a new self contained ‘guitaristic’ way but refusing to stray far from the original intended musical aesthetic. The title reflects the style of the musical arrangement each instrument weaving with the other to create a soundscape which shows these familiar tunes from the fiddle, pipe, harp and song repertoire of Scotland in new light.

"…amazing guitar music " - The List

“…it works…” - Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland

"The guitar duo amazed the punters at their folk club premier" - Wee folk club, Edinburgh
 
"Traditional tunes played with incredible skill on two guitars." - Dunfermline Press

SAMPLE REPERTOIRE

Scottish (Celtic)
Butterfly
Sheebeg an Sheemore
Dances of the Scottish court
Ashokan Farewell / Road to Dundee
Scott Skinner Reels
Lady Carey’s Dompe
Carolan’s Concerto
Roslin Castle
Farewell to Stromness
Hill’s of Glenorchy
Reel of Tulloch
Neil Gow’s Farewell to Whisky, Return to Whisky
Jig O’ Slurs
Neil Gow’s Lament
The Butterfly
Si Bheag Si Mhor
Dances of the Scottish Court
Scott Skinner Reels
Chro Chinn t-saile, Ho Mo Luran He Mo Luran
Shetland Reels
Ashokan Farewell (inc ‘road and the miles’)
Reel of Tulloch (after David Young)
Carolan’s Concerto
Roslin Castle (House of Glamis)
Hills of Glenorchy
Trip to Pakistan, Islay Ranters Reel (Reels)
Dargai, Devil in the Kitchen (Air, Strathspey and Reel)
Month of January, Black Mountainside
Carolan’s Draught
Catherine Kelly’s, Charlie Hunters (Jigs)
Jackie Coleman’s, Geordie McCleish (Reels)
Key to the Highway, Mississippi Delta Blues
Brae’s O’ Tullimet , Morrison’s Jig, Mishie’s Jig (Jigs)
The Road to the North, The Lisnagun Jig
Leaving Stoer
Michael McGoldrick’s, The Humours of Kesh
The Sweetness Of Mary

Classical

My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home - John Dowland
Villanesca - Granados
Lady Carey's Dompe - Trad
Largo and Rondo - F. Carrulli
Spanish Dances - Granados
Turkish March KV 331- Mozart 
Danza Triste- Granados
Various Sonata's - Scarlatti 
Suite for Two Guitars- William Lawes
A Fancy - John Daniel
Alfonsina y el Mar-J.Malats
Recuerdos de la Alhambra-F.Tarrega
Adagio (Air on a G String) - Bach 
Gipsy Dances - Joaquin Turina
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring(From cantata No.147) - Bach 
DeVise - Gavotte en Rondeau
Various --Turlough O Carolan 
Cuban Dance
​and many, many more

Also various Beatles, Robbie Williams, and other more popular tunes as required.

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