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Horizons (book)

‘Horizons’ contains 200 original tunes across 168 pages (some in colour) and is available, beautifully presented, sewn, on ivory coloured paper, with gold foil blocking withra soft card cover.

Gavin has been a prolific composer over the years and this first book is a bit of an anthology, with everything he has written that has been recorded by either himself or others. This includes work with Iron Horse, Cantrip, Burach, Up In The Air, Bellevue Rendezvous, The Unusual Suspects, the Traverse Theatre and the book’s companion CD ‘The Long Road and The Far Horizons’.

Further, there are tunes that have been performed with bands, used in theatre shows or passed around in sessions etc but not been released on CD. Finally, there are about 70 tunes that have never been released into the public sphere before. It is presented as a fiddle music book, topline melody with bowings and ornamentation (a small number of the slower tunes are given with harmony parts and chords), although there is no reason why players of other instruments wouldn’t get a lot out of it too.

The tunes range from very simple to really quite challenging. It is divided into sections: Airs, Waltzes and Mazurkas; Jigs; Marches, Hornpipes, Two Steps and Polkas; Strathspeys and Reels; Medleys; and Curiosities and Inspirations (this last section including tunes in varying time signatures and modes that couldn’t be classified in any of the above). As well as the tunes there are photos, images, instruction and anecdotes to help with the who, why, where, how and when of the music. ‘Horizons’ is the first of the Journeyman Collection and it is planned to expand with subsequent volumes.


Tune Types:
Air, Dance tunes, Hornpipe, Jig, Listening tune, March, Polka, Reel, Strathspey, Waltz
Bowing, Staff notation
Book format:

Table of contents

  • A Scottish Mazurka
  • A Storm in the West
  • Adrenalin Flo
  • Along the Coast of Norway
  • The AMF’s Rant
  • Andy White’s
  • Another Time Another Place
  • The Autobahn Reel
  • Back in Forth
  • Balkan Red
  • Best in Sack Worst in Spoon
  • Between An Stac and Roisbhein
  • Black Crows and Ravens
  • The Blackford Two Step
  • The Blue Lamp
  • Bob’s Boat
  • The Boiling Black Kettle
  • The Breadalbane Reel
  • The Broad Reach
  • The Cabbage Town Reel
  • The Candlelight Reel
  • Carmen Esperanza
  • Carronvale
  • The Celtic Knot
  • Cille Choirill
  • The City of Edinburgh
  • The Clover Field
  • Glendevon
  • Glengorm
  • The Grand Ballroom
  • The Granton Backstep
  • Green Hill
  • Grey Smoke from the Mountains
  • The Handsome Wave
  • Hardangerfjord
  • Harlequin’s Lullaby
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hebridean Lilt
  • Hell for Leather
  • High Regard
  • Horse and Rider
  • Il Conto
  • Ile de Tatihou
  • In the Scenes of Legends
  • The Iron Horse Crossing the Alps
  • The Jack of Clubs
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • The January Set (reel)
  • The January Set (schottische)
  • The Jar of Olives
  • Java St Andrews
  • Jig Celeste
  • Jig de Tatihou
  • Jig for James
  • Jim’s Prayer
  • The Norse Influence
  • Northern Cross Rising Part 1
  • Northern Cross Rising Part 2
  • Northern Cross Rising Part 3
  • The Nyckelharpa
  • The Oak Wood
  • The Ocean Bay
  • October
  • The Old Style
  • The Oman Highland Games
  • Out of the East (air)
  • Out of the East (polka)
  • The Overdrive
  • Oxford Bretonesque
  • The Packers Jig
  • Paddy’s Mazurka
  • Pallbearers
  • Park No 1
  • Paul Southcott’s
  • Pegasus Rests
  • The Perthshire Races
  • Pig Park
  • The Plate Smasher
  • Portuguese Train
  • The Prince’s Strathspey
  • Punch Drunk
  • The Pyrenean Jig
  • Queen Maeve
  • Steel Skies Over Kyleakin
  • The Swedish Dancers
  • This Too Will Pass
  • Through the Night
  • Touch not the Cat but a Glove
  • The Treaty of Brunswick Street
  • Trevor Leat’s
  • Tribute to Davy Tulloch
  • Tribute to Joe Scurfield
  • Trip to St Kilda
  • Trip to Uppsala
  • Tullibardine Braes
  • Tune for Greg Lawson
  • Tune for Peter
  • Tune for Rob Welsh
  • The Twenty Seventh
  • Undercurrent
  • The Underdogs
  • Upstairs at O’Neill’s
  • The Valley of Stairs
  • Victorian Values
  • Vodka
  • The Wages of Gin
  • Waiting Sydney Harbour
  • Walking the Line
  • Watching Nightfall
  • The Wayfarer Rose
  • Weights and Measures
  • The Concert Hall
  • The Cottage on Hestan
  • The Covenanters
  • The Crystal Harp
  • Dave Shannon’s
  • Davidson The Luthier
  • Demons and Lovers
  • The Desert Reel
  • Despite the Cat
  • The Discrepancy
  • The Donside Jig
  • Dundas Castle
  • Dusk
  • The Edge of the Forest
  • Faith Healer
  • The False Alarm
  • Filthy Lucre
  • Findo Gask
  • Fiona Stott’s Jig
  • Firedance (Parts 1&2)
  • First Light
  • The First Stars of Evening
  • The Fly Half
  • The Flying Bin
  • The Foot of Ben Newe
  • The Fourth Health
  • The Gallery
  • Glen Quaich
  • Joel Turk’s
  • John Haldane of Foswell
  • Kenny McEwan’s
  • Lammermuir
  • Langenuen
  • Last Night in Cairo
  • Last Orders
  • The Latvian’s March
  • The Lazy Reel
  • Le Couregant
  • Left at Werewolf
  • Lennoxlove
  • Leo McCann’s
  • Lochailort Rain
  • The Long Road
  • The Loose Cannon
  • The Lost Tune
  • Lowrey’s
  • The Luthier Jig
  • MacGillivray’s Lament
  • Mad Scatter
  • Madame Jeanette’s
  • Marstein
  • The Minotaur
  • Morag’s No 2
  • The Mountain Lake
  • New Deer
  • The New Teviot Barn Dance
  • The Quimper Gig
  • The Rannoch
  • Reel Ecosse
  • Reel for Jonny Hardie
  • The Reluctance of the Long Distance Runner
  • Reves de St Chartier
  • River Almond
  • Roberto Es Tu Tio
  • Rowing by Castle Tioram
  • Roy Marchbank’s
  • Ruth’s Mazurka No 1
  • Ruth’s Mazurka No 2
  • Salamander
  • Samarkand
  • Sandy Broon’s
  • The Scented Grove
  • The Second Granton Backstep
  • The Serpent
  • The Sheba
  • The Silver City
  • The Siren
  • Sky City
  • The Sma’ Glen
  • Smoke on the Air
  • Snellan’s Polka
  • The Solitary Albatross
  • The St Christophe
  • St Findlay’s Day
  • The Wellington Star
  • The Western Isles Reel
  • The Windy City
  • The Winter Drive
  • Wintertide