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Ed Pearlman, fiddle ~ Neil Pearlman, piano ~ pipe reel & fiddle reels
Ed Pearlman, fiddle ~ Neil Pearlman, piano ~ pipe reel & fiddle reels

Ed & Neil Pearlman start with the pipe reel "Peter Mackinnon of Skeabost" by Dr John MacAskill, followed by Ale is Dear, another tune we're trying to identify, and finally Sleepy Maggie. Feb 2012 house concert.

Ed Pearlman - Neil Pearlman - Laura's Slow Reel, old reel, pipe reel
Ed Pearlman - Neil Pearlman - Laura's Slow Reel, old reel, pipe reel

Ed & Neil play Laura's Slow Reel (by Ed Pearlman), Mrs Dundas of Arniston (by Wm Gow), and Sandy's New Chanter (by P/M Tom McAllister). From a Feb 2012 house concert in Florida.

Ed Pearlman - Neil Pearlman - strathspeys & reels
Ed Pearlman - Neil Pearlman - strathspeys & reels

Ed & Neil Pearlman performed at this Florida house concert in Feb 2012. Tunes: Muir o' Gellan strathspey, Madame Frederick (strathspey by Marshall), and 3 reels -- High Road to Linton, Put on the Steam, and Reconciliation.+

Iain MacFarlane - Wendy MacIsaac - Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - Laura Scott Dancers - BSFR
Iain MacFarlane - Wendy MacIsaac - Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - Laura Scott Dancers - BSFR

This medley includes dancing of many kinds. Tunes: "Glen Grant" (strathspey), "Banks of Spey" (strathspey by Wm Marshall - with Highland folk dance), "Duntroon Castle" (pipe reel, Iain MacFarlane, fiddle, and Ingrid Henderson, harp, with Laura Scott dancing Highland), "Left-Handed Fiddler" (reel by J.S. Skinner); Ruille nan Cailleach Dubh (Reel of the Blackcocks, with Western Isles folk dance); Reel played by Wendy MacIsaac, fiddle, and Jackie Dunn, piano; "Jack Daniels Reel" (by John Morris Rankin, with stepdancing by group and by Wendy and Jackie). At the Scottish Fiddle Rally, Somerville Theater, 1999, directed by Ed Pearlman.

Alasdair Fraser plays Little Cascade with Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - BSFR
Alasdair Fraser plays Little Cascade with Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - BSFR

Available on CD -- see below for links. Alasdair Fraser plays pipe tune Little Cascade by G.S. McLennan, with Jacqueline Schwab on piano, arranged by Ed Pearlman for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club at the Scottish Fiddle Rally, Somerville Theater, 1997. A quality recording of this set is available on the CD "Scottish Fiddle Rally Highlights" on Greentrax Records (CDTRAX154) and Paddledoo Music (PAD105), available from MusicScotland at http://musicinscotland.com/acatalog/Scottish_Fiddle_Rally_Concert_Highlights_CD.html and in the USA at http://paddledoo.com/scottishfiddlerally.html

J.P. Cormier plays for Cape Breton step dancer Christine Morrison - BSFR
J.P. Cormier plays for Cape Breton step dancer Christine Morrison - BSFR

Fiddler J.P. Cormier, with Hilda Chiasson on piano, plays for Christine Morrison to do Cape Breton stepdancing. Scottish Fiddle Rally, Somerville Theater, 1997, Boston Scottish Fiddle Club led by Ed Pearlman.

Laura Scott - Sailor's Hornpipe - Natalie MacMaster - Ed Pearlman - Tony Cuffe - BSFR
Laura Scott - Sailor's Hornpipe - Natalie MacMaster - Ed Pearlman - Tony Cuffe - BSFR

Starts with Glen Caladh Castle (pipe march by J. McLellan), played by Ed Pearlman, Natalie MacMaster, and Tony Cuffe, followed by Crossing the Minch (MacNab's Hornpipe) as Laura Scott dances a Sailor's Hornpipe. Scottish Fiddle Rally with Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, Harvard's Paine Hall, 1991.

Ed Pearlman and Tony Cuffe - BSFR
Ed Pearlman and Tony Cuffe - BSFR

Ed Pearlman plays Leaving Glen Urquhart (pipe march by Wm. MacDonald), Marquis of Huntly's Wedding Medley (strathspey), Because He Was a Bonnie Lad (strathspey), Gladstone's (reel by J.S. Skinner), Lochiel's Awa to France (reel), Kate's Reel (by Ed Pearlman), with Tony Cuffe on guitar. Scottish Fiddle Rally 1991, Harvard's Paine Hall.

Ed Pearlman plays Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife - BSFR
Ed Pearlman plays Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife - BSFR

Ed Pearlman plays solo at the 1991 Scottish Fiddle Rally in Harvard's Paine Hall, Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his 2d Wife. Behind is the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club; to the right are Tony Cuffe and Natalie MacMaster.

Charlie McKerron fiddle - Laura Scott dance - BSFR
Charlie McKerron fiddle - Laura Scott dance - BSFR

Fiddler Charlie McKerron (of Capercaillie) plays for Laura Scott to dance a mix of Highland and Cape Breton step choreographed that day to his tunes - keep in mind she's wearing hard shoes! Hilda Chiasson on piano. Scottish Fiddle Rally at Somerville Theater, 1997, directed by Ed Pearlman.

Natalie MacMaster stepdances - John Campbell fiddle - BSFR
Natalie MacMaster stepdances - John Campbell fiddle - BSFR

Natalie MacMaster stepdances with John Campbell on fiddle and Mary Jessie MacDonald on piano. Scottish Fiddle Rally, Harvard's Paine Hall, 1991. On stage-- Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, Ed Pearlman, Tony Cuffe.

Jerry Holland - Alasdair Fraser - Ed Pearlman - Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - Kohlers medley - BSFR
Jerry Holland - Alasdair Fraser - Ed Pearlman - Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - Kohlers medley - BSFR

Starts with slow air "Killiecrankie", then "The Tweeddale Club" strathspey by Nath. Gow, reel "Angus Chisholm's Favorite" by Jerry Holland (starts at 2:30 and includes Jerry taking a solo), then "The Bird's Nest" (starts 3:23, includes Alasdair Fraser solo), then Kohler's Hornpipe at 4:12 (Ed Pearlman solo, then duet with Alasdair Fraser, then arrangement with full group). Exciting set! Scottish Fiddle Rally, Somerville Theater, 1994.

Tony Cuffe sings Wedding of Jock Mackay
Tony Cuffe sings Wedding of Jock Mackay

Tony Cuffe sings one of his favorites, a funny song about the wedding of Jock Mackay.

Tony Cuffe - Go to Berwick Johnny - with Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - BSFR
Tony Cuffe - Go to Berwick Johnny - with Boston Scottish Fiddle Club - BSFR

Tony Cuffe arranged and sang this version of the traditional song Go to Berwick Johnny with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, led by Ed Pearlman, in the Scottish Fiddle Rally, Harvard's Paine Hall, 1991.

Natalie MacMaster - Laura Scott - Ed Pearlman - music & dancing - BSFR
Natalie MacMaster - Laura Scott - Ed Pearlman - music & dancing - BSFR

Nice chance to see Natalie MacMaster dance both Highland and Cape Breton step with Laura Scott. The medley starts with Ed Pearlman and Natalie MacMaster playing Bob McQuillen's "Amelia's Waltz" with Beth Murray on piano and Tony Cuffe on guitar; the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club joins in with the strathspey "Dan R MacDonald's Favorite" by Donald Angus Beaton, then into the Irish reel "Judy's Reel", then "Dick Gossip's Reel" --Laura Scott jumps on with a fine Highland dance jam at 6:00 -- and as the group moves into "Mrs MacLeod of Raasay" Natalie MacMaster joins in for some Highland dancing too, then into Cape Breton stepdancing. Laura joins her for a stepdance duet to finish. The event was the Scottish Fiddle Rally, at Harvard's Paine Hall, 1991.

Laura Scott - Jerry Holland - Highland  & step dance and fiddle - BSFR
Laura Scott - Jerry Holland - Highland & step dance and fiddle - BSFR

Jerry Holland plays a set of tunes for Laura Scott to dance Highland and Cape Breton step. Scottish Fiddle Rally, Somerville Theater, 1994, with Boston Scottish Fiddle Club directed by Ed Pearlman. Pianist is Mary Jessie Gillis. The first dance is Highland, followed by a mix of Highland and Cape Breton stepping, and a bit of improvisation.

Natalie MacMaster and Ed Pearlman duet - BSFR
Natalie MacMaster and Ed Pearlman duet - BSFR

Natalie MacMaster and Ed Pearlman playing a duet of 3 tunes: Ca' the Wethers to the Hill (trad strathspey), Father Francis Cameron (reel by John Campbell), Molly Rankin (reel by John Morris Rankin). Event was the Scottish Fiddle Rally at Harvard's Paine Hall, 1991.

Alasdair Fraser and Four on the Floor, Cape Breton stepdancers - BSFR
Alasdair Fraser and Four on the Floor, Cape Breton stepdancers - BSFR

Alasdair Fraser plays Jean's Reel (by Bobby MacLeod) for Four on the Floor, a group of Cape Breton stepdancers from the Boston area -- Christine Morrison, Pam Campbell, Meghan MacDonald, and Dawn MacDonald. Pianist was Mary Jessie Gillis. Event was the Scottish Fiddle Rally at Somerville Theater, 1994, with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, directed by Ed Pearlman.

Tony Cuffe sings Tail Toddle with original dance by Laura Scott
Tony Cuffe sings Tail Toddle with original dance by Laura Scott

Scottish singer and guitarist Tony Cuffe sings Tail Toddle, a Scots mouth music song, with a dance made for it by Laura Scott, aided by fiddler Ed Pearlman. Cameraman wasn't sure when the dance would start (about 1:00) but it's worth the wait!

Ed Pearlman - Tony Cuffe - Laura Scott -- Mrs Dundas and Sandys reels & original dance
Ed Pearlman - Tony Cuffe - Laura Scott -- Mrs Dundas and Sandys reels & original dance

Scottish guitarist Tony Cuffe with fiddler Ed Pearlman and Highland dancer Laura Scott, starting with William Gow's "Mrs Dundas of Arniston" (orig in C, here in D) followed by a pipe tune, "Sandy's New Chanter" by P/M Tom MacAllister, with original dance made by Laura for this tune. June 1998.

Ha Ca Thru sung by Tony Cuffe - dance by Laura Scott
Ha Ca Thru sung by Tony Cuffe - dance by Laura Scott

Robert Burns song with humorous intro by Scottish singer/guitarist Tony Cuffe and original Highland dance by Laura Scott, with Ed Pearlman on fiddle. June 1998.

Tony Cuffe and Ed Pearlman -- Scottish minuet, pipe march, reel
Tony Cuffe and Ed Pearlman -- Scottish minuet, pipe march, reel

Scottish guitarist and harper Tony Cuffe of Ossian, and Ed Pearlman of Highland Soles, play a Scottish minuet - Yellow-Haired Laddie, followed by pipe march Mrs MacDonald of Dunach, and a reel by Ed Pearlman, Uist Regatta (which is also a pipe tune available in Barry Shears book Gathering of the Clans, and recorded by Simon Thoumire's Keep It Up band on their CD On Safari). In concert June 7, 1998.

Laura Scott dances to Bonnie at Morn
Laura Scott dances to Bonnie at Morn

Highland dancer Laura Scott, with fiddler Ed Pearlman and Tony Cuffe on harp, presents her choreography for the Northumbrian song tune "Bonnie at Morn" interspersed with a dance for "Burning of the Pipers Hut". 7 June 1998.

Across cultures:  Laura Scott dances to Donostia with Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Band
Across cultures: Laura Scott dances to Donostia with Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Band

Choreography by Laura Scott for Paul Machlis's "Donostia." Historic moment in Boston, Oct 3, 1997: dancer Laura Scott, fiddler Alasdair Fraser, pianist Paul Machlis, flutist Chris Norman, piper Eric Rigler, percussionist Peter Maund, bassist Mick Linden -- Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Band on their CD release tour for the album "Way Out to Hope Street". This was a one-time performance.

Exuberant:  Laura Scott dances Way Out To Hope Street with Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Band
Exuberant: Laura Scott dances Way Out To Hope Street with Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Band

Historic moment in Boston, Oct 3, 1997: dancer Laura Scott, fiddler Alasdair Fraser, pianist Paul Machlis, flutist Chris Norman, piper Eric Rigler, percussionist Peter Maund, bassist Mick Linden -- Alasdair Fraser's Skyedance Band on their CD release tour for the album "Way Out to Hope Street" -- title track, written by Alasdair Fraser. This was a one-time performance.

When First I Went to Caledonia -- Tony Cuffe
When First I Went to Caledonia -- Tony Cuffe

Scottish singer Tony Cuffe, with fiddler Ed Pearlman, sings "When First I Went to Caledonia", about the Caledonia Mines in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. June 1998.

Highland Sword Dance -- Laura Scott with Ed Pearlman and Tony Cuffe
Highland Sword Dance -- Laura Scott with Ed Pearlman and Tony Cuffe

This sword dance has a special quick time -- it speeds up, for fun, and following the legend of the sword dancers who danced faster and faster until someone touched their sword. Dancer: Laura Scott. Fiddler: Ed Pearlman. Guitarist: Tony Cuffe. June 7, 1998, Newburyport Mass., Fire House Center for the Arts.

Tony Cuffe and Ed Pearlman play Stan Chapman's jig and Atholl Highlanders
Tony Cuffe and Ed Pearlman play Stan Chapman's jig and Atholl Highlanders

From a show in mid-1998, fiddler Ed Pearlman and Scottish guitarist Tony Cuffe play Stan Chapman's Jig by Jerry Holland and the pipe 6/8 Atholl Highlanders.

Tony Cuffe sings Shira Dam
Tony Cuffe sings Shira Dam

Scottish singer and guitarist Tony Cuffe sings "Shira Dam", a song by Hellen Fullerton, followed by a 9/8 pipe tune, "Donald, Willie and His Dog", by P/M D. Morrison, with fiddler Ed Pearlman. Newburyport Mass., mid-1998.

The Liberation of Polly
The Liberation of Polly

A film about a young woman who secretes a special glue in her hand to guarantee she always has a man, until a former man of hers performs an anti-marriage ceremony and liberates her... Music from fiddlers Kenny Baker and Jean Carignan, a clip from Berio's "Parole" (voice: Cathy Berberian), and a selection played by harpsichordist Blandine Verlet. This black and white 16mm film was made in 1976 using a WWII-vintage camera through an extension class at Emerson College in Boston. The camera had 3 lenses which focused only by tape measure! It also happened to have a light leak which produced a frequent flash that was edited out... Sound track was on a separate reel. Despite all this, it was a fun project that has sat around in various basements and storage places for 34 years and was finally transferred to DVD in 2010 by Digital Transfer Systems; these guys did a great job and at a very reasonable price.

Alasdair Fraser - Natalie Haas - Laura Scott
Alasdair Fraser - Natalie Haas - Laura Scott

John MacDonald's Slow Reel played by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, with improvised dance by Laura Scott (dance begins at 2:20). This was performed at the Concert for Jerry Holland, Boston, Sept 9, 2007. (Pianist is Barbara MacDonald Magone, who didn't happen to play in this selection.)

Ed Pearlman - Neil Pearlman  - dancer Anna Massey - at concert for Jerry Holland
Ed Pearlman - Neil Pearlman - dancer Anna Massey - at concert for Jerry Holland

Earle Hitchner introduces Ed Pearlman and Neil Pearlman playing Auld Lang Syne, MacPhersons Lament, Fr John Angus Rankin's March by Jerry Holland - danced by Anna Massey, choreography by Laura Scott - Mme Frederick strathspey (Wm Marshall), Miss Shepherd (JS Skinner), Ruidhle nan Coileach Dhubha (Reel of the Blackcocks), Uist Regatta (by Ed Pearlman). Concert was to benefit Jerry Holland - Sept 9, 2007, Boston. (Yes, the bow slipped out, was caught, and the music continued...)

Da Day Dawn and Jig
Da Day Dawn and Jig

Highland Soles in concert St Patricks Day 2005, starting with the old Shetland New Year's Day tune, Da Day Dawn, performed by fiddler Ed Pearlman with a young Neil Pearlman on keyboard, and moving into the Highland dance, the Jig, danced by Laura Scott. (Clickers by Lilly.)

A Tribute to Jerry Holland
A Tribute to Jerry Holland

Tunes by and for Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland (2/23/55 - 7/16/09) from a show by Highland Soles (Ed Pearlman, Laura Scott, Neil Pearlman, Lilly, Jesse) with Susie Burke and David Surette Aug 2, 2009. Dance was written by Laura Scott for Jerry's Fr John Angus Rankin's March and was originally danced to Jerry's playing at the Scottish Fiddle Rally in Boston 1993; the first reel is Helping Hands, Jerry's last composition (which he perfomed July 6, 2009 at the Ceilidh Trail School, transcribed by guitarist/composer/conductor Scott Macmillan and premiered by the school's students at Hoff's Pub on July 10); the last two tunes here are two of Jerry's most popular tunes, Brenda Stubbert's reel and Stan Chapman's jig. Part of this medley was played and danced at Boston's Concert for Jerry on 9/9/07 to raise funds for his treatment; many musicians performed and Jerry was able to watch that show via video hookup at home. Tunes: Auld Lang Syne (sung); Auld Lang Syne (original melody and popular melody); MacPherson's Lament; Fr John Angus Rankin's March (by J.H.); Alec Dan MacIsaac's strathspey (trad); Helping Hands (reel by J.H.); Brenda Stubbert's (reel by J.H.); Stan Chapman's (jig by J.H.).

Highland Soles Demo
Highland Soles Demo

Laura Scott, Ed Pearlman and Highland Soles video collage from a show in March 2005. Scottish highland dance, Cape Breton stepdance, fiddle, piano.

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