I’m absolutely over the moon to have been nominated in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category in the 2014 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. My #tuneoftheweek project has already been very rewarding but to be nominated as a composer in the awards makes it even more so. If you fancy voting for your favourite acts in the awards you can do here.
Anyway, onto Week 28 #tuneoftheweek. It’s a bit of a mad one this week. I wrote this tune on Saturday, on the whistle, and it came to me pretty easily. I recorded a few different ideas and it seemed to want a few changes with the timing here and there. So I amended bits and it now changes between three different time signatures throughout with the most prominent one being 7/8. There are also bars of 3/4 and 6/8. I sat down to record the tune this morning and it ended up taking me hours. Why on earth did I write something with such mad time signatures? Because it’s fun I suppose that’s why. I didn’t however, make it easy for myself as I found out when I began to record the piano accompaniment to it. It took me about 8 attempts (at least) to get it right. I had fun though and it was nice to add a whistle harmony as well and do a bit of arranging of the tune.
When I was studying in Limerick I lived in a great house with four lovely ladies; Teresa, Sarah, Pam and Kate. ‘House 108’ was what we used to call our house. This tune is a bit mad and so was the house (in a fantastically mad way) so that’s why I’ve named it so.