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PUBLISHED MUSIC

My music is mainly in the Scottish tradition of dance tunes, airs and marches. My first major collection was The Loch Ness Collection (1999):  150 tunes, many written for friends, events or places, and a few with a Scandinavian accent, inspired by Inverness Fiddlers’ associations with Danish and Swedish music groups.  The Drumossie Collection (2003), of similar size, also included the Ness River Suite, commissioned to celebrate the granting of City status to Inverness, some songs with words by local writer Robert Davidson, and some “jazzy bits”. The Culloden Collection, launched at the battlefield site in 2010, has 160 dance tunes, airs and marches. The books are all sold by Highland Music Trust www.heallan.com, and the proceeds are applied to their charitable purposes.

The tunes have been well received, recorded by various artistes, included in books of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, and broadcast on BBC Scotland’s “Take the Floor” and other programmes. Scottish dance bands have found the books a useful source of tunes, and some have also been commissioned or prescribed for newly–devised country dances.