1. To the Edges (Andy Cutting) / Jock Broon’s 70th (Gordon Duncan)
We first arranged this set for a gig at Sidmouth FolkWeek 2010. Dave learned ‘To the Edges’ from Andy Cutting, and Sarah and Becca brought the famous Gordon Duncan tune, ‘Jock Broon’s 70th’, to the band, which introduced Dave to Scottish pipe music.
2. Return from Helsinki (Ian Stephenson)
This is a great tune that fellow Newcastle degree graduate Ian Stephenson wrote after he completed an Erasmus exchange course in Finland at the Sibelius Academy. It’s a deservedly popular tune in the Newcastle folk scene.
3. Waiting for Janet (Andy Cutting) / Suspended Slipjig (Julian Sutton)
Upon hearing rumours that Janet Jackson was in the same airport as him, Andy Cutting wanted to see her and was disappointed that she never turned up! He wrote ‘Waiting for Janet’ to commemorate it. Julian Sutton was Dave’s melodeon tutor on the Folk Degree. Dave enjoyed learning Julian’s tunes throughout his degree, and ‘Suspended Slipjig’ is no exception!
4. Musicus Dolomiticus (Riccardo Tesi)
Dave thinks that Riccardo Tesi is a melodeon God. He first listened to this tune on Riccardo’s cd and YouTube; we then had great fun arranging this piece for melodeon, clàrsach and fiddle.
5. Ardhaven (Fiona MacAskill)
Fiona MacAskill wrote this beautiful waltz as a reminder of her home, Ardhaven, in Breakish, Skye. Becca collected the tune and a number of other fantastic melodies from musicians on her home island of Skye as part of a project documenting the contemporary traditional music of this area.
6. A bheil sigh deiseil? (Becca Nice)
A tune written to congratulate Pat Anderson on her retirement after over 20 years as head teacher at Elgol Primary school in the south of Skye. Becca has many fond memories of Pat’s engaging teaching style, and each morning Pat would ask the class in Gaelic ‘A bheil sigh deiseil?’ (Are you ready?), a phrase that suits the fiery nature of this jig.
7. Washington Square Park (Angus Lyon)
A popular tune in the Newcastle session scene. It’s often played much faster than this, but in true Horizontal Sunday style, we played around with it and produced this different take on it.
8. Under the Influence (Calum MacCrimmon) / Trip to Portugal (Damien O’Kane)
Under the Influence is a great tune that Becca and Dave found simultaneously from Anna Massie and Folkworks a couple of years ago, and Trip to Portugal is a tune that we picked up from sessions at folk festivals in the uk.
9. The Shexshy Ladies of Raasay (Becca Nice) / The FLOFS of Fowlis Hall (Sarah Dorward)
Mairi and Chrissie Gillies, two of Becca’s favourite ladies, live on the Island of Raasay off the east coast of Skye. This strathspey is for the laughs, love and random times that they have shared together. The FLOFS are the Fowlis and Liff Over Fifties, who meet in Sarah’s local hall, Fowlis Hall, near Dundee, for regular social events. Sarah has known many of them all her life and they have been great source of friendship and support, which this jig celebrates.
10. The Devil’s Throat (Matthew Jones)
Matty is a friend and fellow degree student in Newcastle. He wrote this beautiful tune after spending time abroad as part of a gap year, when he was very impressed by the Devil’s Throat waterfall in Brazil.