The Loch Ness Collection
The Loch Ness Collection of new Scottish dance tunes and airs is a compilation of over 150 tunes composed by veteran Inverness fiddler Eric Allan.
Eric happily acknowledges the effect of many years of listening to Gaelic song, bagpipe tunes and the music of other fiddlers, and his readiness to be affected by music wherever he has travelled, including Scandinavia, Shetland and Cape Breton.
The book has 58 pages, with the tunes arranged according to type - strathspeys & reels, jigs, marches, waltzes etc. The cover has a fine colour photo of Urquhart Castle, and each section has a different view of Loch Ness. The last page even has two tunes dedicated to the loch's most famous resident, with photo to match!
Included is the signature tune commissioned for Grampian TV's successful Ceol na Fidhle series, and other tunes have been recorded by various artistes and are heard from time to time on BBC Radio Scotland's dance music programme Take the Floor.
There are chords throughout, making the book suitable for accordion, piano and most other instruments. There are also some harmony parts.