The Orkney Rope Waltz [Trad. arr. Gavin Atkin]

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This is a favourite session tune that, in common with many of my musician friends, I've known for donkey's years - so long that I have no idea where I first heard it. Over the years it has certainly evolved in the hands of session players including my own, if Jimmy Shand's 1956 recording of the Orcadian Waltz is anything to go by. But that's as it should be: informal music is about making songs, tunes and dances our own...

The melodeon is an old Koch box in CF made some time in the 1920s, and has the soft sweet sound that's so characteristic of melodeons made in that era.


from The Running Tide, released April 23, 2015
Trad. arr. Gavin Atkin


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Gavin Atkin lives, sings and plays in Kent, where he also sails dinghies and a small yacht, publishes a boating weblog, and runs events and workshops focusing on traditional and old fashioned music.


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