Monday, January 24, 2011

Monumental Scott

"'WE ALL know Sir Walter Scott was a fan of a dance,' noted our host Phil Cunningham from behind his accordion, celebrating the bicentennial of Scott's poem The Lady of the Lake, a piece very influential at the time of its composition and that also kick-started appreciation of its Trossachs setting as a tourist destination.

For the first and shorter of the pieces, Cunningham had composed a musical accompaniment to the poem (read by Bill Paterson) entitled The Trossachs Suite. The second section saw Cunningham and his nine-piece band, including various guitarists, a pianist, a flautist and a bodhran player, along with backing singers Eddi Reader and Karen Matheson, work their way through a selection of songs by Scott and others, interspersed with livelier instrumental pieces."

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