A brief overview
Scotland has a long and noble musical tradition. In order of antiquity, the three most important Scottish instruments are the harp, bagpipe, and fiddle. In the days of Mary Queen of Scots the “rebec” was in vogue, a bowed instrument. When the Italian violin developed, it took immediate hold in Scotland. As the new fiddle was beckoning the Scots to dance, a newly reformed Church (now Presbyterian) was condemning the instrument as a vehicle of licentiousness.The gentry would not give up their dance, and rich and poor alike side-stepped the clergy’s protestations. All over the land, from Duke’s ballroom to shepherd’s fields, the power of the fiddler’s “up driven bow” made the success of the gathering.
Types of tunes
*The strathspey, which is indigenous to Scotland, is named for the area in which it originated, the strath (valley) of the river Spey.
Some sources for tunes
Here are some references for further reading about Scottish Traditional Music.
Alburger, Mary Anne