Fiddlesticks & Ivory
Ghillies on the Golden Gate Liner Notes
Everyone in the band knows what it is to be a dancer - to appreciate a good tempo, to meld the rhythm and the dance, to find joy in the music. We want to make every six hands 'round and back' a delightful experience.
Kim and Lyle do the arrangements in tandem (a time-consuming yet satisfying process), and then all seven of us participate in creating music. However, our greatest joys have been the strong bonds of friendship forged from our long collaboration. We love playing this music together.
Barbara McOwen wrote the beautiful Carolynn's Waltz for the wedding of Carolynn Harvey and Bob Zuparko in 1985. We'd like to express our arm thanks for Barbara's friendship and support through the years. J.B. Milne gave us a chance to use some of the many wonderful tunes being written world-wide. This arrangement is great fun to play! Miss Ogilvie's Fancy is a touch of something different: three-hands piano and bass. Kim plays the melody, Lyle the lyrical back-up. Miss Grace Hay's Delight is a little-known dance that the late Miss Jean Milligan would occasionally teach. This is a set suitable for any 8x32 jig. The more we played this arrangement of Monymusk, the more we liked it, so we added a fourth strathspey to this recording. The new C and D sections of the title tune were written by Kim in order to match the other tunes, which have four musical parts each. The album closes with The Rendezvous. In this arrangement we replaced the suggested lead tune 'The Lads of Air" with 'The Rendezvous."
We had great fun making this record; we hope that you have even more fun dancing to it!
-- David Mostardi & Kim McGarrity
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Last updated December 2006