Waverley Station: First Stop!
Waverley Station: First Stop! New sets for Scottish Country Dancing: Jigs, Reels, Strathspeys, and Waltzes David Knight, fiddle / Liz Donaldson, piano / Ralph Gordon, cello and bass Historically, Scotland has been among the most dance-mad cultures to share it's music with the planet. We are thrilled to bring you Scotland's dance-driven repertoire, throwing in great tunes from Ireland, Canada, and America for good measure. The tunes on this recording have entered the tradition at some point in the past 400 years. Early sources include The Lute Book of Gordon of Straloch (1580-1661), which gave us the tune 'I long for thy virginitie' (track 5). The new, Italian design of the violin entered Scotland in the mid-eighteenth century, generating new musical forms such as the uniquely Scottish Strathspey. It also unlocked great creativity in composers such as Robert Macintosh (track 4), Robert Petrie (track 3) and William Marshall (tracks 3 and 4) and continued to inspire their musical heirs such as Robert Lowe (track 9). We also included the mouth music of the Western Isles of Scotland (S' ann an Ile) (track 9), the fiddle music of the Shetlands (Jock Broke da Prison Door) (track 11), and music from Scotland's great bagpipe tradition (Donald Macpherson's The Curlew) (track 10), As much as we love the old tunes, we also love tunes coming out of the modern end of the tradition by fiddlers in Scotland (Ian Hardie) (track 10), Canada (Richard Wood) (track 6), and the United States (Rebecca Pringle (track 6) and Barbara McOwen (track 11)). Both of us have been personally and profoundly influenced by the clearing that Barbara has made for Scottish dance music in America. This tradition has provided inspiration for our own musical compositions, some of which we included in these new sets. But the real energy of the music comes from the dancers who use it to fly... We thank you for sharing flight with us. David and Liz, September 2002 WAVERLEY STATION fuses the exciting musical energy of Liz Donaldson on piano and David Knight on fiddle, regularly joined by Ralph Gordon on cello and bass. Based in the Washington, DC area, WAVERLEY STATION has been playing together since 1999. With nearly a century of dance and music experience amongst them - taking them to every continent but four - Liz, David, and Ralph truly enjoy playing not only Scottish, but also English and American contra dance music. When not playing as Waverley Station, they follow their own individual muses into genres as diverse as Swing, Irish, Klezmer, American Folk, and acoustic rave. If it's Waverley Station on the stage, you are sure to leave wanting more!!! 1. 8x32 Reels: 4/4 Marches [4:45] If It's Not Scottish.... The last tune is found in both the Scottish and American traditions. Hebridean Waulking Song / Banks of Inverness / Lochiel's March / Campbell's Farewell 2. 8x32 Jigs [4:40] If the sailor's wife had standards, would she have a drink with me? The Sailor's Wife / The Standards © 2000 David Knight / Have a Drink With Me 3. 4x32 Strathspeys [4:21] Young Invercauld's - Robert Petrie / Appin House / Gordon Castle - William Marshall / Bonnie Beatons © 1997 David Knight 4. 8x32 Jigs [4:48] Several jigs by our favorite composers and one David played for his brother and sister-in-laws wedding processional. Miss Trotter's Reel - of Castlelaw - Robert Macintosh / Miss Hannah, Elgin - William Marshall / Pete & Lori's Wedding © 2001 David Knight / Lady Louisa Russell's Jig - William Marshall / Hey to the Camp 5. 8x32 Strathspey Airs [8:17] Contemplative airs of the past and present... A Song for Sheryl © 2000 Liz Donaldson / David's Air © 2001 David Knight / Rorate Coeli / I Long for Thy Virginitie 6. 8x40 Reels (suitable for "Foggy River Reel") [5:57] We were pleased to play these rising reels for the debut of the "Foggy River Reel," a dance devised by Jana Blue Hopper in honor of Stella Fogg, a native Scot now teaching dance in Richmond, Virginia. The Phoenix © Dave Hennessy / Traveling West © 1995 Richard Wood SOCAN / Spirit of the House © Rebecca Pringle 7. "The Outskirts" © 2000 David Knight [3x32 Waltz] [2:09] 8. 8x32 Reels: Hornpipes [4:48] Put this in your hornpipe and dance it. Liz wrote the first tune to capture the spirit of the Scottish Weekends, held at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland. Ramblewood Hornpipe © 1999 Liz Donaldson / Hang Fire / Harlequin / Virginia Hornpipe 9. 8x32 Strathspeys [8:33] Strathspeys played in a Scottische style. Fiona Miller's © 2001 David Knight / Sandy Buchanan's / The Warlocks - Robert Lowe / S' ann an Ile 10. 4x64 Jigs [4:53] Piping hot jigs, for cool weather or any other ambience... The Curlew by Donald Macpherson © Kerr's Music Corporation Limited / Chatterin' Teeth by Ian Hardie © Grian Music / Paddy's Leather Breeches 11. 8x32 Reels [4:46] We offer up these tunes in virtual reel time. Mo Chuachag Lagach Thu / Stan Hamilton © 1985 Barbara McOwen / Jock Broke da Prison Door - John Gaudy / Pull the Arms off the Clock (I don't want to know the time) © 2001 David Knight 12. "Waiting For Jim" © 1992 Liz Donaldson [2½x32 Waltz] [3:11] For guitarist Jim McConnell, who spent seven hours on the tarmac waiting to leave Chicago's O'Hare Airport. All tunes traditional unless otherwise noted. Arrangements © Liz Donaldson and David Knight We would like to thank Elke Baker, Ellie Briscoe, Christopher Berg, Dianne Britton, Pete Campbell, Dawn Culbertson, Stella Fogg, Jana Blue Hopper, Marilynn Knight, Ken MacFarland, Calum Mackinnon, Jane MacLendon, Barbara McOwen, Lisa Miner, Rick Nunno, Dennis Rogers, Andrew Smith, and Dave Wiesler. Thanks to the dancers and dance organizers who have given us many opportunities to play these sets. Produced by Liz Donaldson and David Knight Performed by David Knight (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano) and Ralph Gordon (cello and bass) Recorded and mixed by Richard Seidel at Seidel Recording Studios, Washington, District of Columbia between January 2001 and October 2002 Duplication and graphic design by Oasis Photography: Frank Lavelle (top right) For booking information, contact: Liz Donaldson, 4518 Gladwyne Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.986.1291 David Knight, 1522 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, email@example.com, 202.531.3250 Waverley Station, First Stop! David Knight, fiddle; Liz Donaldson, piano; Ralph Gordon, cello and bass New Sets for Scottish Country Dancing Jis, Reels, Strathspeys, and Waltzes Including tunes by Liz Donaldson, John Gaudie, Ian Hardie, Dave Hennessy, David Knight, Robert Lowe, Robert Macintosh, Donald Macpherson, William Marshall, Barbara McOwen, Robert Petrie, Rebecca Pringle, and Richard Wood. 1. 8x32 Reels: 4/4 Marches [4:45] Hebridean Waulking Song / Banks of Inverness / Lochiel's March / Campbell's Farewell 2. 8x32 Jigs [4:40] The Sailor's Wife / The Standards / Have a Drink With Me 3. 4x32 Strathspeys [4:21] Young Invercauld's / Appin House / Gordon Castle / Bonnie Beatons 4. 8x32 Jigs [4:48] Miss Trotter's Reel - of Castlelaw / Miss Hannah, Elgin / Pete & Lori's Wedding / Lady Louisa Russell's Jig / Hey to the Camp 5. 8x32 Strathspey Airs [8:17] A Song for Sheryl / David's Air / Rorate Coeli / I Long for Thy Virginitie 6. 8x40 Reels (suitable for "Foggy River Reel") [5:57] The Phoenix / Traveling West / Spirit of the House 7. "The Outskirts" [3x32 Waltz] [2:09] 8. 8x32 Reels: Hornpipes [4:48] Ramblewood Hornpipe / Hang Fire / Harlequin / Virginia Hornpipe 9. 8x32 Strathspeys [8:33] Fiona Miller's / Sandy Buchanan's / The Warlocks / S' ann an Ile 10. 4x64 Jigs [4:53] The Curlew / Chatterin' Teeth / Paddy's Leather Breeches 11. 8x32 Reels [4:46] Mo Chuachag Lagach Thu / Stan Hamilton / Jock Broke da Prison Door / Pull the Arms off the Clock 12. "Waiting For Jim" [2½x32 Waltz] [3:11] Total Time [1:01:34] Waverley CD 001 © David Knight and Liz Donaldson 2002 Duplication by permission of copyright holder. All rights reserved.