The Continuing Relevance of Strathspey and Reel Societies

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Read the blog post I was invited to write for the Traditional Music Forum here. You can make a comment or leave feedback below.

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2 thoughts on “The Continuing Relevance of Strathspey and Reel Societies

  1. David McGuinness says:

    hi Ronnie
    In the early 1980s, the conductor of the Glasgow Caledonian SRS, James Moir, persuaded the Adviser of Music for Glasgow Schools, Eoin Millar to let him start a Glasgow Schools Fiddle Orchestra. I don’t think we ever played in public, but we used to rehearse in Allan Glen’s School once a week, late afternoon, with kids coming in from all over Glasgow. It fizzled out after a while, but I wonder how many of them are still playing now …

    • rmgibson says:

      Nice to hear from you, David. Yla Steven did a similar thing in Edinburgh at about the same time (they recently merged with EHRSS). The perceived classical/folk incongruity of fiddle orchestras has made them unfashionable in school settings these days. School ceilidh bands are probably as close as it gets- and that’s not all that close. Time and time again, I’m struck by how recent modern ideas about traditional music actually are.

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