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TITLE
Music for 'The Zeppelin' by Scott Skinner (front)
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_006_001
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6818
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
hornpipes
Music for 'The Zeppelin' by Scott Skinner (front)

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).

Grant was a great friend of fellow musician and composer James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), a major figure in the development of Scottish traditional music, often referred to as 'The Strathspey King'. This hand-written manuscript in Skinner's hand is part of the Grant collection. It contains the music and instructions for Skinner's humourous hornpipe, 'The Zeppelin', probably composed during the First World War. An explanatory note from Skinner reads, 'the crosses are meant for Bombs & the modus operandi is to get audience to clap their hands at these'

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Music for 'The Zeppelin' by Scott Skinner (front)

fiddlers; fiddles; fishing rods; musicians; composers; strathspeys; hornpipes

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Alexander Grant - handwritten music

Alexander Grant (1856 - 1942) was a native of Battangorm, Carrbridge, which gave rise to his familiar name - 'Battan'. As a boy he was exposed to what were to become his two great passions - fiddling and fishing. He went on to excel in both areas; as an angler by inventing his own unique fishing rod known as the 'Grant Vibration Rod', and as a fiddler by leading the Highland Strathspey and Reel Society for almost forty years and by becoming an expert in fiddle making techniques. He also invented a unique disc-shaped violin known as a 'Rondello'. An example of Grant's fishing rod, fiddle and Rondello can be seen at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (IMAG).<br /> <br /> Grant was a great friend of fellow musician and composer James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), a major figure in the development of Scottish traditional music, often referred to as 'The Strathspey King'. This hand-written manuscript in Skinner's hand is part of the Grant collection. It contains the music and instructions for Skinner's humourous hornpipe, 'The Zeppelin', probably composed during the First World War. An explanatory note from Skinner reads, 'the crosses are meant for Bombs & the modus operandi is to get audience to clap their hands at these'