• Composer Name : Simon Thoumire
  • Username : simon
  • Website: http://www.simonthoumire.com
  • Simon Thoumire is a musician and composer from Edinburgh now living in Glasgow. He plays concertina and has travelled all over the world performing. Simon has composed many tunes and suites of music for many years.

Music by Simon Thoumire:

Bloobell Polka composed by Simon Thoumire

On Saturday 4th January at Celtic Connections, the Strathspey and Surreal Society reformed for our third performance in the Old Fruitmarket. Alongside our 4 compositions that were written for the 2016 event we commissioned 5 new pieces from Aidan O’Rourke, Mhairi Mackinnon, Chris Stout and me. It was hard work and all the musicians involved […]

Easy Club Reel Arrangement composed by Jim Sutherland / J. Scott Skinner / P/M Donald MacLeod / Simon Thoumire

This is an arrangement of Jim Sutherland’s The Easy Club Reel, P/M Donald MacLeod’s The Seagull and J. Scott Skinner’s Goodnight Sweet Love for the young people of Meitheal Summer School in Limerick. It was great fun and the guys did an amazing job of learning if off by heart and performance. Here is our […]

Variations on Cluny Castle composed by Simon Thoumire

This piece of music is based on Alexander Troupes air ‘Cluny Castle’ and is a concerto for fiddle. It was performed by virtuoso fiddler Patsy Reid at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow on the 4th February 2017. Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: PRS / MCPS Tune type: Score Listen: If you have a question for Simon […]

Bloobell Polka composed by Simon Thoumire

An arrangement of Frank Stanley’s Bluebell Polka and J. Murdoch Henderson’s J.F. Dickies reel for the Strathspey and Surreal Society performed on the 4th February, 2017 at Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow. Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: MCPS Tune type: Score Listen: https://soundcloud.com/simonthoumire/bloobell-polka-1 If you have a question for Simon Thoumire you can contact them here. If […]

Innes Watson MusicHub Tune Book

Brilliant fiddler and guitar Innes Watson has put together his first tune book for MusicHub. It consists of 10 of his favourite compositions. Why not have a play of them? They are: Cowboy and the Pussycat Das Do Da Eliss For Queen Nell Gameshow Roast Andrew Dunlop’s Lori’s Waltz Martin & Sarah’s The Wee Dafty Innes […]

The Granton Fish Bowl composed by Simon Thoumire

I wrote this tune in the nineties whilst working with the Live Music Now Organisation. I can’t remember much about it apart from I seemed to be playing for opening of a fish bowl in Granton (Edinburgh). Hey ho… Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: PRS for Music Tune type: Hornpipe Listen: If you have a question […]

The 2016 Collection is open for entries

Do you write tunes in a Scottish traditional style? Hands Up for Trad are looking for the top 20 tunes of 2016 for their 2016 Collection. They can be anything from reels, jigs, airs, waltzes and anything in between! All you have to do is to upload them to MusicHub! All the tunes will be listened […]

The Merry Lads of Ayr composed by Simon Thoumire

This is a piece based on a Scottish reel – The Merry Lads of Ayr found in the Athole Collection. I chose it because I thought it would fit well with the instruments of the quintet. I’ve tried to make the piece fun to play (time will tell!) whilst keeping a ‘traditional’ sense about it. […]

Scots Fiddle Concerto

In 2007 Simon Thoumire was commissioned by Creative Scotland to compose a Scots Fiddle Concerto which would be debuted at the Scots Fiddle Festival in November 2007. The concept was to write virtuosic music that showed of the skills of the Scottish fiddler to the world. The musician also uses their own ornamentation throughout the […]

The Garvie Bagpipe Concerto composed by Simon Thoumire

This pieces was commissioned by Nigel Richard’s Garvie Bagpipes in 2007. The Garvie Bagpipe Concerto is a new piece of music in three movements by composer Simon Thoumire written to demonstrate the range and beauty of the Garvie Scottish Smallpipes with their newly developed fully chromatic chanter. The soloist of the piece, will be Dr […]

A fonn gunbhitrom (I am disposed to mirth) composed by Simon Thoumire

This was commissioned by Creative Scotland in 2007 and performed by Mairi Campbell at the Scots Fiddle Festival – Nov 2007. This was the first of the pieces I wrote in the series of 3 solos, 1 duet and concerto for the Scots fiddle. The idea is that the musician uses their own ornamentation and […]

Allan Ramsay, a jig composed by Simon Thoumire

This was commissioned by Creative Scotland in 2007 and performed at the Scots Fiddle Festival in November of the same year. It was performed by Aidan O’Rourke. Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: PRS for Music Tune type: Score Listen: If you have a question for Simon Thoumire you can contact them here. If there is no […]

Tiree Air composed by Simon Thoumire

This solo was written in 2007 and first performed at the Scots Fiddle Festival alongside my Scots Fiddle Concerto. It has been performed since by Shona Monney at the Distil Showcase. Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: PRS for Music Tune type: Score Listen: If you have a question for Simon Thoumire you can contact them here. […]

Scots Fiddle Concerto composed by Simon Thoumire

This piece was written in 2007 and debuted at the Scots Fiddle Festival in the same year. It features Gordon Gunn on lead fiddle with Lori Watson and Sarah Wilson (fiddle), Dave Milligan (piano) and Kevin Mackenzie (guitar). It was part of a series of work including 3 solos, a duet and this concerto. Composer […]

The Alistair McCulloch Collection Volume 2

Don’t miss Alistair McCulloch’s brand new collection of 41 original tunes with chord symbols. It also includes selected harmony lines and links to larger scale arrangements and a detailed guide to fiddle ornamentation. Foreword by Liz Carroll. Tunes include – ‘Trip to Shanghai’, ‘A Hamnavoe Man’, ‘The 2am Turtle Patrol’,’The Kamikaze Honkers, ‘The Urquhart’s of […]

Renewing the Tradition – the songs!

Renewing the Tradition is an exciting Scotland Sings project for 2015 – 2018. The idea is to build a brand new choir repertoire of fresh contemporary arrangements that are seeded by some of Scotland’s best-loved Burns and Gaelic songs. It’ll be available here as an on-line resource. The six songs commissioned so far are below. […]

Do you write tunes or songs?

Do you write tunes and/or songs in a traditional or folk style? When you’ve written them do you have any way to let people see them, play or sing them? Why not upload them to MusicHub? MusicHub is Hands Up for Trad’s new website that gives a home to everyone that writes tunes and songs. […]

A’ cheud luan do’n raidh (The First Monday of the Season) composed by Simon Thoumire

I wrote this fiddle duet as part of a series of fiddle solos and concerto in 2007. The were all premiered at Scots Fiddle Festival in this year. The music was performed by Aidan O’Rourke and Patsy Reid. They did an amazing job. You can hear them on the listening link. Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: […]

My love is like a red red rose composed by Simon Thoumire

I wrote this tune in the 90s for a show about love. It is of course Robert Burns’ words put to a new melody by me. Kris Drever sang it at my wedding as well! Composer website: http://www.simonthoumire.com Publisher: MCPS

Deil Amang The Fiddlers composed by Simon Thoumire

This piece of music was written for a 21 strong fiddle orchestra and was performed on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at Celtic Connections. The music is in 4 parts so feel free to give it a go! It is based on the three traditional reels Mrs MacLeod, Fairy Dance and Deil Amang the Tailors. You […]