Traditional Fiddle Music of the Scottish Borders with CD (spiral version)

This outstanding book and CD collection of traditional fiddle music from the Scottish Borders was transcribed and recorded from the playing of Tom Hughes of Jedburgh between 1978 and 1980.

A must for all fiddlers interested in exploring more of Scotland's fiddle heritage.


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This outstanding collection of traditional fiddle music from the Scottish Borders was recorded from the playing of Tom Hughes of Jedburgh between 1978 and 1980. The book and CD were compiled and transcribed by Peter Shepheard.

Although Tom’s style includes many characteristic Scottish elements, it is quite different from any mainstream fiddle style or the dominant fiddle style of Scotland’s North East. Through Tom’s playing we are able to gain an insight into an old, traditional, fiddle style stretching back through Tom’s family well into the 1800s.

A must for those looking for original fiddle styles, tunes and history.


Tune Types:
Air, Dance tunes, Hornpipe, Jig, March, Polka, Reel, Strathspey, Waltz
Bowing, Fingering, Staff notation
Peter Shepheard
Book format:
Scottish Borders


  • Introduction
  • Tom Hughes Biography
  • The musicians
  • Recording and Transcription
  • Traditional Fiddle Style
  • Traditional dance
  • Tune Types
  • Appendix
  • Index
  • -Index of Tunes in the Book-
  • Auld Graden Kirn
  • Auld Robin Grey
  • Banks of Kale Water, The
  • Barren Rocks Of Aden
  • Boys of Blue Hill
  • Braes O Mar (Solo)
  • Braes O Mar (Duet)
  • Champagne Charlie
  • Cock Yer Leg Up
  • Copshawholm Hornpipe
  • Copshie Hornpipe
  • Cowie’s Hornpipe
  • Dundee Hornpipe. The
  • East Neuk o Fife
  • Farewell To Whisky
  • Faudenside Polka
  • Flouers O Edinburgh
  • Frost Is All Over, The
  • Galloway Hornpipe
  • Glen Aln Hornpipe
  • Greencastle Hornpipe
  • Hamnavoe Polka
  • Harvest Home
  • Harvest Long In Coming
  • Henry Hughes’ Favourite
  • High Road To Linton, The
  • High Road To Linton (Slow)
  • Huntsman’s Chorus
  • Inverness Gathering, The
  • Irish Washerwoman, The
  • Jackson’s Morning Brush
  • Kelso Hiring Fair (Victoria Waltz)
  • Kildare Fancy, The
  • Lady Mary Ramsay
  • Liberton Pipe Band
  • Lilliesleaf Polka, The
  • Marquis of Lorne’s Hornpipe
  • Millicent’s Favourite
  • Morpeth Rant
  • Nut Brown Maiden
  • Off to California
  • Old Rustic Bridge, The (Slow air)
  • Old Rustic Bridge March
  • Orange and Blue
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • Redesdale Hornpipe
  • Redeside Hornpipe
  • Rock and the Wee Puckle Tow
  • Roxburgh Castle
  • Soldier’s Joy, The
  • St Patrick’s Day Jig
  • Stool Of Repentance
  • Tam’s Old Love Song
  • Tam’s Slow March
  • Tam’s Untitled Hornpipe
  • Tam’s Victoria Waltz
  • Tam’s Wild Rose Strathspey
  • Tell Her I Am
  • Teviot Brig
  • The Triumph
  • The Wife She Brewed It
  • Tommy Hughes’ March
  • Turkey In The Straw
  • Varsovienne
  • Victoria Waltz


This is a magnificent book on this particular subject (Border fiddle music) and I strongly recommend it to fiddle players and others who like Borders music and its history . The Cd itself is a joy to listen to....

Kenny Wilson for Box and Fiddle

This is a rich and much needed resource ........... an in depth update to current understandings of Borders fiddle playing

Lori Watson for Fiddle On

I must tell you that I am supremely happy with the wonderful music in these albums and the fine production of the books and recordings - it is sucha pleasure to hear this authentic and enlivening music with its special Scottish flavour.

Richard Bohn , California