Hello Mr Allan

I live in Bunbury, Western Australia and we are starting up a new Scottish Fiddling group.  We have our first meeting in January.  We have discovered your website and the free music arrangements which are extraordinary.  Thank you so much for making them available.  We are new to this but have some very talented musicians (violins, violas, cellos) who have played for symphonic orchestras.  We also have newer players who are less experienced.

Would you have any advice you would have time to share with us about the tunes you would recommend we start with?  I want to thank you ever so much for all the work you have invested in your web site as well as the Music Trust.  It is an absolute treasure trove for us.  Kind regards, Nancy Churchill


Dear Nancy

Thanks for your message.  It’s good to hear that Scottish music is alive and well down under. Feel free to play anything from my site. You will also find lots of music on the Highland Music Trust site.  We have just retired as Trustees for HMT but have handed it over to another charity The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) who will keep it going. It’s worthwhile to get some of the HMT classic collections as a source of good tunes. You may also wish to look at the Taigh na Teud publications.

It’s easy to find on the net the music for almost any tunes you want to play – I find the Session very handy, although you have to look out for the most accurate interpretations. I am sure that among your musicians you will be able to find sympathetic arrangers, although I would caution against over-arrangement. It’s important to preserve the rhythms and emotions of the Scottish tradition

Enjoy the music

Eric Allan




thank you
I have enjoyed a couple of your arrangements so far - and i hope that my friends and i will eventually perform a few tunes based on your arrangements. Thank you for the work you have put in on this. Gail
Posted by Gail on 18 June 2020
Good to hear from you.
Posted by Eric Allan on 19 June 2020
Do you know an Eric Allan who played chess and composed chess endgame studies?
Posted by Peter Boll on 05 May 2020
Sorry, I haven't heard of this chap. Far from devising end games, I wouldn't know where to begin.
Posted by Eric Allan on 02 June 2020
I just want to say thank you for what you are doing. I love your arrangements.
Posted by Beverly Heising on 25 February 2020
Thanks, Bev. Glad you're enjoying the music. Your own website is very interesting.

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Thank you
Dear Eric & Helen,
It was very nice to see you both yesterday. Thank you for your time - and the great soup!
Excellent web site Eric - easy to navigate, and loads of fine tunes to download.
All the best,
Posted by Pete Clark on 25 August 2019
A mysterious song
Hello...your web site came up in a search I'm doing for a melody called Jamieson's Farewell. I can find not one shred of info about the tune except for one recording it is on. I don't know if it's traditional or not, or even if it is Scottish. Is it in one of your collections, or do you know anything about this beautiful waltz? Many thanks, Jennifer
Posted by Jennifer Pratt-Walter on 30 March 2019
I guess, like me, you heard this on YouTube by Ensemble Galilei. Nice tune. I've not come across it before. There's a mention on the net of a tune by that name composed by John Kilpatrick of Steeleye Span, and it does seem to me to have a Folk Revival sound. Regards, Eric
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