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MusicMemory Store - James Ross chooses a set of reels by Addie Harper
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2010
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2010s
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An Comunn Gàidhealach
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music
songs
MusicMemory Store - James Ross chooses a set of reels by Addie Harper

James Ross is from Wick and was taught by Addie Harper Senior and Junior. He is earning a growing reputation as a composer of music that pushes the boundaries of Scottish traditional music. He has received commissions from the Celtic Connections Festival, Blas Festival, Feis Rois and the Caithness Orchestra. James teaches traditional piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.

"I have chosen a track by Addie Harper and the Wick Band from the CD 'Her Caithness Home'. (Harp Records 2000) The CD was a musical tribute to the Queen mother and the repertoire on the album has strong Caithness connections. The track is a set of four great reels that I was taught at music lessons when I was young and continue to play today.

The first two tunes composed by the late Addie Harper and the last two reels by his son Addie Harper Jnr. The set starts with 'The Barrowburn Reel', one of Addie's most popular compositions followed by 'Walking on the Moon'. Addie was inspired to write this reel when the first person landed on the Moon in 1969. Both these reels have become part of the traditional musicians repertoire and are regularly performed and recorded by artists.

Addie Jnr wrote 'Stephanie Manola Harper's Reel' for the birth of his daughter and 'Wick Rotary Club's Compliments to Addie Harper Snr' when the club presented his father with the Wick Citizen of the Year Award in 1997.

I was lucky enough to be taught by both Addie Snr and Addie Jnr and they have both been a huge influence on my music."

This is one of the contributions to the MusicMemory Store project which is being run as part of the build-up to the National Mòd 2010 in Caithness. A variety of local people have been asked to select a favourite traditional or Gaelic music track which has a personal meaning for them, and to share the music and the story with the public.

The project seeks to raise the profile of the value of traditional and Gaelic music within the community and its relationship to the National Mòd 2010 which is being hosted in Caithness for the very first time, from 8 to 16 October.

Copies of the albums containing their chosen track are available to borrow from Wick and Thurso libraries. A new contribution will be published each week from May until the start of the Mòd.

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MusicMemory Store - James Ross chooses a set of reels by Addie Harper

2010s

music; songs

An Comunn Gàidhealach

MusicMemory Store

James Ross is from Wick and was taught by Addie Harper Senior and Junior. He is earning a growing reputation as a composer of music that pushes the boundaries of Scottish traditional music. He has received commissions from the Celtic Connections Festival, Blas Festival, Feis Rois and the Caithness Orchestra. James teaches traditional piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.<br /> <br /> "I have chosen a track by Addie Harper and the Wick Band from the CD 'Her Caithness Home'. (Harp Records 2000) The CD was a musical tribute to the Queen mother and the repertoire on the album has strong Caithness connections. The track is a set of four great reels that I was taught at music lessons when I was young and continue to play today. <br /> <br /> The first two tunes composed by the late Addie Harper and the last two reels by his son Addie Harper Jnr. The set starts with 'The Barrowburn Reel', one of Addie's most popular compositions followed by 'Walking on the Moon'. Addie was inspired to write this reel when the first person landed on the Moon in 1969. Both these reels have become part of the traditional musicians repertoire and are regularly performed and recorded by artists.<br /> <br /> Addie Jnr wrote 'Stephanie Manola Harper's Reel' for the birth of his daughter and 'Wick Rotary Club's Compliments to Addie Harper Snr' when the club presented his father with the Wick Citizen of the Year Award in 1997. <br /> <br /> I was lucky enough to be taught by both Addie Snr and Addie Jnr and they have both been a huge influence on my music."<br /> <br /> This is one of the contributions to the MusicMemory Store project which is being run as part of the build-up to the National Mòd 2010 in Caithness. A variety of local people have been asked to select a favourite traditional or Gaelic music track which has a personal meaning for them, and to share the music and the story with the public.<br /> <br /> The project seeks to raise the profile of the value of traditional and Gaelic music within the community and its relationship to the National Mòd 2010 which is being hosted in Caithness for the very first time, from 8 to 16 October. <br /> <br /> Copies of the albums containing their chosen track are available to borrow from Wick and Thurso libraries. A new contribution will be published each week from May until the start of the Mòd.