Leaving Lerwick Harbour

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LEAVING LERWICK HARBOUR. Shetland, Slow Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. A modern air in the Scottish style composed in 1970 by Lerwick, Shetland, fiddler William "Willie" Hunter [1] (1933-1994), on the occasion of his sister Lorna's emigrating from Shetland to New Zealand. It is considered to be the finest composition of a fiddler who was considered to be the best of his generation, of whom it was said he could move an audience to tears through his sensitive rendering of slow airs.

Willie Hunter and Violet Tulloch

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Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1151, Seamus McGuire - "The Wishing Tree" (1995). Greentrax, Willie Hunter - "Leaving Lerwick Harbour" (1995). Fiddler's Bid - "Da Farder Ben Da Welcomer."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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