The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15993   Message #146594
Posted By: GeorgeH
08-Dec-99 - 12:30 PM
Thread Name: Tune Add: Christmas Day in the Morning
Subject: RE: Tune Add: Christmas Day in the Morning
Also considered as originating in the Shetlands . . . For an outstanding performance of this I'd recommend Celtic Fiddle Festival's second CD.

As well as being a fine tune it's a very poignant one for us. The outstanding young performer and friend Nigel Chippendale collected a version of it (in Shetland, I believe). After his death (from lymphatic cancer) Pywackett recorded it, dedicating their recording to Nigel's memory; and we can't hear the tune without remembering him.

It seems to me that the folk world is populated by many fine people; even so, both personally and musically Nigel was a bright light amongst them; he's sadly missed.

And every "folk" musician should have a copy of his "Chippendale's Cherry Chunes", published posthumously, sometimes fiendishly difficult, and generally excellent (and partially written during his final period in hospital). Published by Hobgoblin music, for whom he used to work.