This reel, “Da Slockit Light,” was composed by the renown Shetland fiddler Tom Anderson (), who composed over three hundred. Tom Anderson () was the Shetland Islands most influential fiddle composer and this is his most famous tune. In Cape Breton, Da. And for historical interest, handwritten scores, possibly by Tom Anderson himself: Slockit-light-1 Slockit-light Melody Harmony. Link (Midi or.

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Follow comments with the RSS feed for this post. Here is the abc transcription by Mary Lou Knack with added chords: Ed Pearlman loght performed, taught, and promoted fiddle music, particularly that of Scotland and Cape Breton for over 30 years.

DonaldK I think it is quite nice to slociit played on its own but I take your point. If you are a member of The Session, log in to add a comment. Old age leads to loss of nous. He has worked with many of the top fiddlers from Scotland and Cape Breton.

Da Slockit Light

As with so many other words in Shetland this is a Scandinavian word and as Michael suggests it means a light that is turned out, quenched or extinguished.

Oh yes, relevance elsewhere where talent and inspiration and heart are concerned: As I watched, the lights started going out one by one.

The tune is played regularly in Bristol sessions. Is that an augmented fourth I dunno. Perhaps Jeremy should add a section for slow airs.

Da Slockit Light (reel) on The Session

Da Slockit Light http: That very esoteric point did occur to me as I was writing ligbt, Donald. For the technically minded the interval between the melody and harmony notes is an augmented fifth! Slocckit source claims it is the glowing tip at the end of an extinguished candle. Another way to look at it is that the fifth of D is A. It has been done many times, by many players, traditional and classical. She provided background on the tune, as have others, and the story runs as follows:.


As I understand it, the Shetland tradition is that what would be more baldly called “Lament to or for So-and-so” in the Irish tradition, is instead named after some object that reminds one of the deceased. As he ligh leaving he looked back at the top slockot the hill leading out of the district and he saw so few lights compared to what he remembered from his youth. As you can imagine, “The Slockit Light”, and the meaning, a light extinguished or turned out, it has also featured at funerals.

Tom Anderson Shetland Times Ltd. A year later when he died suddenly at the age of 48 his son remembered this and it was played on Uillean pipes during the service. Haand me doon da FiddleRinging Strings: Tom Anderson wrote the tune in Shetland, partly to honour his late wife. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Published in it has become an important collection of Shetland tunes and dances.

Pam with Slocikt produced another excellent ad volume of music from the Shetlands, also highly recommended: Once, when asked about the tune, Tom Anderson recounted that he was leaving his birth-home of Esha Ness one cold January in If you augment the fifth it becomes A.

alockit Membership is free, and it only takes a moment to sign up. Again, sorry for the ignorance. Sounds weird as a reel. But we can see how good Da Slockit Light is and how it inspired folk?


I also remember a second part by that fine American fiddler and fiddle teacher Pam Swing. I know nothing of Ed Pearlman and what else he has done.

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Tom Anderson, Silver Bow I remember a tale of where the tune came from, that Tom had driven out into the country at night and could see his village in the distance. Then, as he stood there, the lights started to go out one by one. John, I expect Jeremy has seriously considered this, but there may be deep technical difficulties to do with the structure of the database why it has not happened yet. He tours often as a duo with his son Neil, an accomplished professional pianist who seamlessly melds Scottish traditional tunes with Latin, funk, and jazz info on Ed and Neil as a duo.

We heard this tune played by Walt Michael – a hmmer dulcimer player from the States – at Sidmouth at couple of years back. I always thought it was a lighthouse, but found out a “Slockit” light is a “broken” one. I have never ever thought about the fact that there is no synonymous word in Standard English.

Vanity prevailed and I wanted to post it as a new tune. Augmented fifth – a bit strange. So, “the extinguished light” has another meaning. Here are the three I know are out there somewhere: Thanks for combining the threads. However the scores for the harmony part that I have seen show it as a Bb! Post a Comment or leave a trackback: Shetland Fiddle Tunes