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 […]

Conor Brady Collection composed by Joe Armstrong

Written for a very good friend of mine, Conor Brady Composer website: https://www.facebook.com/joearmstrongmusic/ Publisher: Tune type: Score Listen: If you have a question for Joe Armstrong you can contact them here. If there is no link there is no contact address.

The Hebridean Collective composed by Mhairi Mackinnon

The Distil Showcase was held in the Tolbooth in Stirling on Friday 8th April 2016 at 8pm. The concert showcased the new and exciting music of traditional music composers. Mr McFall’s Chamber was the resident house band once again. Mhairi Mackinnon has wrote music called The Hebridean Collective. This is a suit comprising of four melodies inspired by […]

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. […]

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 […]