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Pauline L Lyr Req: Da Slockit Licht / Da Slockit Light (27) RE: Lyr Req: Da Slockit Licht 28 Jan 06


I just checked Ringing Strings and learned that Tom Anderson was born in the Eshaness district, and he returned there and wrote a tune called Eshaness Two Step in 1967.

I tried to follow the link given above for a photo of the Eshaness lighthouse, but it didn't work. This one does, and it's fascinating. Eshaness is very hard to get to. The landscape and seascape are beautiful in a rugged and almost severe way. The black cliffs rise up almost perpendicular to the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse there was built in 1929 in a square, rather than round, shape. There are books about the lighthouses in remote areas of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, including Eshaness. Every photo I've ever seen of the Shetland Islands makes me feel the cold, wet air. The buildings are very spare there, too. Shetland is a place where people take fiddling seriously. I've heard that there are more fiddlers per unit population in Shetland than anywhere else. (I've also heard that the same is true of Cape Breton.) Shetland is severe and remote, but it has been the birthplace of many beautiful fiddle tunes.    `


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