Annotation:Aa the Ships are Sailing

Find traditional instrumental music

Back to Aa the Ships are Sailing

AA THE SHIPS ARE SAILING. Shetland, Shetland Reel. Shetland, Nesting. According to Shetland fiddler, teacher and composer Tom Anderson, the reel was composed at the beginning of the 20th century; it depicts the herring fleet sailing out to the fishing grounds. It was collected in the Shetland village of Nesting.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Anderson (The Ringing Strings), 1983; p. 84.

Recorded sources: Topic 12TS379, "Shetland Folk Fiddling, vol. 2" (1978), played by Anderson and Boys of the Lough fiddler Aly Bain, a Shetland native and friend of Anderson.

Back to Aa the Ships are Sailing