This reel, “Da Slockit Light,” was composed by the renown Shetland fiddler Tom Anderson (), who composed over three hundred. Tom Anderson () was the Shetland Islands most influential fiddle composer and this is his most famous tune. In Cape Breton, Da. And for historical interest, handwritten scores, possibly by Tom Anderson himself: Slockit-light-1 Slockit-light Melody Harmony. Link (Midi or.

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Different from the harmony we usually play in Scots Music Group: Here are the three I know are out there somewhere: Ed Pearlman has performed, taught, and promoted fiddle music, particularly that of Scotland and Cape Breton for over 30 dz. It has been done many times, by many players, traditional and classical. Here is the abc transcription by Mary Lou Knack with added chords: As I watched, the lights started going out one by one.

DonaldK I think it is quite nice to be played on its own but I take your point. Sounds weird as a reel. One source claims it is the glowing tip at the end of an extinguished candle.

da Slockit Light

Their family band www. Post a Comment or leave a trackback: She provided background on the tune, as have others, and the story runs as follows:.

By the way, there are a few Tom Anderson tune books around, but they are pretty hard to come by these days. Tunes Recordings Sessions Events Slockig help contact links donate.


Da Slockit Light

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He toldusthat when Tom Anderson died this tune was played at his funeral and now if you play this tune in the Shetland Islands people stand.

Tom Anderson wrote the tune in Shetland, partly to honour his late wife. Da Slockit Light, Reel in D. We heard this tune played by Walt Michael – a hmmer dulcimer player from the States – at Sidmouth at couple of years back.

Oh yes, relevance elsewhere where talent and inspiration and heart are concerned: Once, when asked about the tune, Tom Anderson recounted that he was leaving his birth-home of Esha Ness one cold January in Then, as he stood there, the lights started to go out one by one. I always thought it was a lighthouse, but found out a “Slockit” light is a “broken” one.

Tom Anderson Shetland Times Ltd. If you augment the fifth it becomes A. Another way to look at it is that the fifth of D is A.

da Slockit Light – North Atlantic Tune List

So, “the extinguished light” has another meaning. Does anyone have the sheet music for the counter melody for Da Slockit Light? Tunes old and new collected together by the late Tom Anderson, the well respected fiddle player and teacher from Shetland.

Learn how your comment data is processed. The tune is played regularly in Bristol sessions. He began composing in and continued to do so almost until the day he died. I have never ever thought about the fact that there is no synonymous word in Standard English.


Old age leads to loss of nous. As with so many other words in Shetland this is a Scandinavian word and as Michael suggests it means a light that is turned out, sllckit or extinguished. John, I expect Jeremy has seriously considered this, but there may be deep technical difficulties to do with the structure of the database why it has not happened yet.

Tom Anderson, Silver Bow Pam with Tom produced another excellent little volume of music from the Shetlands, also highly recommended: A Shetland tune that was a favourite of the concertina player and singer Alan Cormack of Bristol UKa well-known musician in local sessions and bands, who died recently at the age of I remember a tale of where the tune came from, that Tom had driven ds into the country at night and could see his village in the distance. Thanks for combining the threads. Augmented fifth – a bit strange.

But we can see how good Da Slockit Light is and how it inspired folk? I know nothing of Ed Pearlman and what else he has done. Again, sorry for the ignorance.

As he was leaving he looked back at the top of the hill leading out of the district and he saw so few lights compared to what he remembered from his youth.

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