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TITLE
Music for 'Banks' & 'Miss Primrose' by Scott Skinner
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Z_GB1796_GRANT_979_65_MUSIC_040_001
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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
6903
KEYWORDS
fiddlers
fiddles
fishing rods
musicians
composers
strathspeys
hornpipes
Music for 'Banks' & 'Miss Primrose' by Scott Skinner

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 for the hornpipe 'Banks', originally composed by Parazotti, but arranged here by Skinner, and the music for the strathspey, 'Miss Primrose', composed by Skinner. An additional note by Skinner suggests 'Miss Primrose' is the name of the violin he purchased from a Mr. Beveridge [of Tough, Aberdeenshire]. In Skinner's words, it 'possesses a grand tone'

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Music for 'Banks' & 'Miss Primrose' by Scott Skinner

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 for the hornpipe 'Banks', originally composed by Parazotti, but arranged here by Skinner, and the music for the strathspey, 'Miss Primrose', composed by Skinner. An additional note by Skinner suggests 'Miss Primrose' is the name of the violin he purchased from a Mr. Beveridge [of Tough, Aberdeenshire]. In Skinner's words, it 'possesses a grand tone'