This would be a good place to bring up a pet hate of mine - the practice of everyone joining in on an air when one comes up at a session. If ever there were a case for one singer, one song....
So powerful and haunting.
I think Roslin Castle (definitely in C Minor!!) or Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch would be my favourites from the dusty books.
Night in that Land by Johnny Cunningham is currently my favourite contemporary air.
Lament for Lowrie o Da Lee - Tom Anderson Big Dougal - Ian Powrie John Roy Lyall - Eddie Edmonds Wallace and Thomas - Cheri Mallaig
All played magnificently by the late Willie Hunter and accompanied by Violet Tulloch ( herself a slow air by Phil Cunningham) and of course you could not forget Willies own compostions -
Leaving Lerwick Harbour The Love O Da Isles Annie - My Mother
All the above have made this grown man cry.
Tom Andersons The Shingly Beach is a favorite of mine. I have been to a shingly beach in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Its a beach of stones, not sand, that have been rounded by the tide and make the most wonderful, soothing sounds as the tide comes in. I always think of this beach when I play it!
Then theres Roaring Water and Tame Her When Da Snow Comes.
Just when you thought Scottish boomerang music couldnt get any worse.