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Failte gu Fidheall - The Scottish Folk Fiddle tutor, Book 1. (This book is in English with a bilingual Gaelic-English introduction) A Comprehensive guide for beginners
Compiled and arranged by Christine Martin and Anne Hughes Published by Taigh na Teud (Harpstring house)
Address: 13 Breacais Ard, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV42 8PY
Published 1992, ISBN 1 871931 90 8
They also publish "Ceilidh collections", "Ceol na Fidhle" (=music of the fiddle) and "Session Tunes".
The book is about 5 pounds and is 42 A4 pages
There is also a demonstration tape to accompany the book, available from the publishers.
This is a really good book with one of the best selections of tunes (Highland, Lowland and others) I've seen in any book.

Here's another, although this is aimed at more advanced players

I picked up an excellent book on Cape Breton fiddle music while I was there in May 97 and thought others might be interested. Not only does it have the expected comprehensive selection of traditional tunes, but there's over 20 pages of introduction explaining the Cape Breton fiddle style as well as a very useful discography and pointers to sources of further information, including collections, books and sources on the Internet. Each song also has considerable descriptive notes and references. There is also reference to Jackie Dunn's thesis: "Tha blas na Gàidhlig air a h-uile fidhleir" (The sound of Gaelic is in the fiddler's music). I'd be interested in finding out more about this thesis - does anyone have details?

Book details:
Traditional Celtic Violin music of Cape Breton
139 transcripts with historical and musicological annotations by Kate Dunlay and David Greenberg (considerably revised from 1986 publication and regarded by the authors as a new book). Published 1996 by DunGreen music, 20 Windley Avenue, Toronto, Canada M6C 1N2
ISBN 0-9680802-0-0. Softback. 158 pages
Sorry, can't remember how much it cost.
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