Friday 1 May 2015
Tune of the Day: Birnam Wood
Traditional Scottish strathspey
This slow strathspey, characterized as a “Marching Air” by Paul Stewart Cranford, was composed by John Gow, one of the sons of Niel Gow, the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century. John established a London publishing firm with his brother Andrew, and distributed brother Nathaniel Gow's publications.
The town of Birnam, Perthshire, sits on the River Tay, opposite the town of Dunkeld, home to the Gow family.