Alexander Mackenzie in Scotland - the 1950's

from A Musician's Narrative , page 9:

Good reel players still existed in numbers, and I can recall the exciting effect a large, picked band of violinists–led by my father, who had gathered them together from all parts of Scotland–produced on an enthusiastic audience by the long strings of alternating strathspeys and reels which succeeded each other without break. The changes were effect by the simple plan of passing the name of the next tune round. I doubt whether any of the performers could read music. The necessary "snap," strong up-bow jerk of the wrist and exaggerated accentuation, are features not easily captured even by …   more >>
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Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927), p. 9. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1431096468026 accessed: 9 August, 2022

location of experience: Scotland

Listeners

Alexander Mackenzie
Violinist
1847-1935

Listening to

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Reels
Strathspeys

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 08 May 2015 15:47:48 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:59:04 +0100