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This month's Free Tablature is
"Cradle Song"

James Scott Skinner - 1910





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This month's tab is an arrangement of a Scottish aire called "Cradle Song", written by the famous Scottish fiddler and composer, James Scott Skinner.  Born near Aberdeen, Scotland in 1843, Skinner began playing music professionally with his older brother at the age of 7, playing both violin and cello.  The duo performed public and private concerts, and also provided music for lots of dances.   It was during those years that Skinner became interested in learning to call the dances, as well as play for them, and for years he made a living as a "dance master", teaching both the musicians and the dancers in Scottish folk dances such as strathspeys and reels.   He started composing some of his own music for the dances, including aires and waltzes.   He is credited with over 600 compositions in his lifetime, the best known of which include "The Bonnie Lass of Bon Accord," "Cradle Song," "Bovaglie's Plaid," "The Music o' Spey," and "Hector the Hero." 

He is said to have been inspired to write "Cradle Song" after watching a young mother care for her infant son who had taken ill.   The incident took place in the town of Forres, so the tune is sometimes referred to as "Forres Cradle Song".

Skinner went on to become one of the most important figures in Scottish traditional music in general, and fiddle music in particular.   His influence was enhanced by the advent of the wax cylinder recorder early in the 20th century, which he used to make over 80 recordings.

 Here is a link to a YouTube video of this tune being played by a trio consisting of violin, cello, and piano.

This is a 2-part arrangement, melody and harmony, so find a playing partner, and add it to your list of tunes to learn over the coming year.

Wishing you all peace, joy, and music, now and throughout the New Year!

In music and friendship,




Sprites that guard young children
Enter here tonight;
O'er my fevered darling
Watch till morning light.
From our home forever
Went my love away;
Crossed the darkling River
Entered endless day.

Sleep my own fair darling
I will cling to thee;
Sure my cup of sorrow
Cannot fuller be.
Oh! my life is lonely;
Oft my thoughts are wild;
Ah! my heart were broken,
Did I lose my child.

But I'll trust God's mercy
And, through widow's tears;
Watch my precious darling
Climb to manhood's years.
Then I'll trace my lost one
Mirrored in these eyes;
Till I join his presence
Up beyond the skies.



JPG Dulcimer






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