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Scottish Music Graded Exams Accordion - Grade 5 (2014 - December 2023) (book)

The accordion Syllabus 2014 - December 2023 offers a great choice of tunes for your repertoire or to create a programme for TMGE or SQA exams or for ceilidhs, mods and concerts. Collected from many well known players, teachers and arrangers.

For the Grade 5 accordion syllabus 2014 - December 2023, we offer you a choice of tunes to start you on your way to a rich and varied repertoire. Where appropriate, tunes in this volume have been edited for guidance purposes.

The arrangements represent the technical standard to be expected at the grade, and as such should be adhered to by candidates when performing in the exam.


Tune Types:
Air, Dance tunes, Gaelic waltz, Hornpipe, Jig, March, Polka, Reel, Schottische, Strathspey, Waltz
Chords, Staff notation
Anne Hughes, Iain MacPhail, Christine Martin, Ian Muir
Book format:

Table of contents

  • Airs:
  • Kate Martin's Waltz - Blair Douglas
  • Lament for Will Starr - Angus Fitchet
  • Lament for Big Dougal - Finlay Powrie
  • Auld Robin Gray – Rev. William Leaves/arr Moira Landels
  • Willie Fernie - Alasdair Fraser
  • Gordon and Andrea - Ian T. Muir
  • Quendale Bay - Phil Cunningham
  • Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife - Niel Gow/arr C. Martin
  • Dance Tunes:
  • Calliope House - Dave Richardson/arr Christine Martin
  • The Laird O Thrums - J Scott Skinner/arr Christine Martin
  • Miss Lyall – Trad/arr Christine Martin & Anne Hughes
  • Archie Menzies - Trad/arr Christine Martin & Anne Hughes
  • Murdo MacKenzie of Torridon - Bobby MacLeod/arr Valerie Bryan
  • Leaving Glen Urquhart - W. MacDonald/arr Christine Martin
  • Donald Willie and His Dog - Donald Morrison/arr Christine Martin
  • Captain MacBean's Reel – Traditional
  • Captain Cameron’s Volunteer March - Trad/arr Deirdre Adamson
  • John Morrison, Assynt House - Pipe Major Peter MacLeod
  • Dunaskin Glen - Ian T Muir
  • The Rights of Man - Trad/arr Christine Martin
  • Recent Compositions:
  • Randall's Reel - Graeme Mitchell
  • Tazmanian Devil - Sandy Brechin
  • Dram Behind the Curtain - Mairearad Green
  • Jean's Reel - Bobby MacLeod
  • Mr and Mrs McShane of Houston - Ian T Muir
  • Roddy's Last Trip - Sandy Brechin
  • Amherst Two Step - Alistair McCulloch
  • Mumbai – Marie Fielding
  • Full Tilt – Mairearad Green
  • Da Tushkar – Ronnie Cooper
  • Maureens Jig - Fergie MacDonald
  • Miss Suzanne Barbour – Iain MacPhail


“I’d recommend them to anyone wanting to explore their chosen instrument, at any stage of life” Living Tradition Magazine 2015

Pete Heywood

“The books are well produced with input from relevant experts and a good range of tunes which are likely to be played widely outside of the classroom” Living Tradition Magazine2015

Pete Heywood