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These extraordinary recordings link us with a style first formed about 150 years ago, and a musical idiom not just dead but unjustly forgotten.


Born: 05 August 1843

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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James Scott Skinner had a profound effect on the evolution of Scottish music. A master fiddler, Skinner wrote more than 600 compositions including "The Laird of Drumblair," which fiddler Tommy Peoples covered on the Bothy Band's self-titled debut album in 1975. Although trained in classical violin, Skinner devoted most of his life to preserving and building on the folk traditions of Scotland. A native of Banchory, Scotland, Skinner was the son of a gardener who died when he was 18 months old. Although...
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