X:1 T:Charlie Hardy (Violinist Methlick) T:Charlie Hardie M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Skinner – Miller o’ Hirn Collection (1881, No. 75, p. 40) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:E c|.B.e.G.e .B.e.G.e|.c.f.A.f .c.f.A.f|.e.g.B.g .e.g.B.g|1.a.b.B.b .g.e.e:|2 abc'd' e'ee|| a|.g.b.e.f .g.a.b.g|.f.b.B.c .d.e.f.a|gbef gabg|abc'd' e'eea| .g.b.e.f .g.a.b.g|.f.b.B.c .d.e.f.a|.g.b.a.g .f.e.d.c|.B.A.G.F .G.E.E||
CHARLIE HARDIE. AKA - "Charlie Hardy." Scottish, Reel (cut time). E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Charlie Hardy" was composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer and dancing master James Scott Skinner (1843-1927). Skinner's title refers to fiddler/violinist Charles Hardie (1849-1893), known as "The Methlick Wonder", who born at Aquhadley, Aberdeenshire, was the son of another renowned fiddler/violinist, Matthew Hardie (1855-1826), "The Scottish Stradivari." Charles was a member of the famous Scottish family fiddling dynasty that included his brother, Jamie Hardie, for whom Skinner also composed a tune (see "Jamie Hardie").
Charles was a carpenter by trade in the city of Aberdeen and considered one of the great violinists of his day. He was invited to Balmoral Castle to play for Queen Victoria. Skinner himself opined in his Elgin Collection (1888) that "The composer [i.e. Skinner] considers that Mr. Charles Hardie, Aberdeen, is the finest exponent of his compositions living."