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CHARLIE HARDIE. Scottish, Reel. E Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by the great Scottish fiddler and composer J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927) for violinist Charles Hardie (1849-1893), 'the Methlick Wonder', a member of the famous Scottish family fiddling dynasty (which included his father, William Hardie). Skinner also composed a reel for Jamie Hardie, Charles's brother. Charles, who was a carpenter by trade, was considered one of the finest exponents of the Scottish fiddle of his day.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 146, p. 59. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 82. Skinner (Miller o' Hirn), 1881.

Recorded sources: Jerry Holland - "Crystal Clear" (2000). Wildcat Records WILDCD 101, Ronan Martin - "Ronan Martin" (2008). See also listings at: Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1].


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