The Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society was formed from a passion for the lute and early guitar.
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SLEGS Spring Meeting 2024 Announcement
The next SLEGS meeting will be on Saturday 23rd March. As our normal venue isn’t available, Joanna will be hosting it at 11/3 Brandon Street, EH3 5DX. Hopefully this will still be convenient for members – it is reasonably easy walk from Waverley and on the 36, 23 and 27 bus routes. (Please note, Brandon Street is also Airlie Place – the two sides of the street have different names, so the Airlie Place stop is the one you want!) If you are planning to attend, please register on the eventbrite page so we have an idea of numbers and sufficient chairs (!), and if you have not attended our players meeting before, please make yourself known in advance by commenting below. DATE: Saturday 23rd MarchVenue: 11/3 Brandon Street, EH3 5DX1pm-1.30pm – Arrive1.30pm – Our regular meeting, members are invited to perform the music they have been working on and to present on topics of interest. Depending on the...
SLEGS Winter Meeting Report 2024
Our first meeting of 2024 was opened by Bruce Roth. He had brought along his eight-courseBarber and Harris lute to play two pieces from the Rowallan Manuscript: page 37, “A ScotsTune”; and then page 36. The Scots Tune is a beautiful piece in Bruce’s hands as hehighlighted the melody and showed great proficiency with the left-hand fingering. Beforeplaying the second piece, Bruce told us that although it was probably written around 1620, ithas a certain 1960s-esque charm to it. After hearing the piece, we all agreed it would not beout of place among The Beatles or Donovan!Bruce also brought along a rather unique instrument as a discussion starter. After postingphotographs on our Facebook page he discovered that it is a lautengitarre orwandelvogellaute from early 20th Germany. The shape of the instrument is influenced by theshape of a coat of arms, called “wappen” shaped. It was made by PerlGold but needs a bit ofwork on it, so Bruce will be...
SLEGS Summer Meeting Report 2023
Our summer meeting was very well attended. It opened with two duets played by JoannaAllsop and Tanya. They have been practicing together on their spare Sundays and preparedtwo Elizabethan dances for us. Both pieces were gentle and lilting as both performers tookturns playing the written line and the decoration. It is a rare treat to hear duets at ourmeetings, and congratulations to Tanya for making her first SLEGS meeting performance. Glen Robertson played A Scots Tune from the Pickering Lute Book, Bodachan A’mhìreanfrom Betsy Smalls Gaelic Airs book and Anon. Recercar from a Venetian Manuscript circa1520 featuring a “Burgundian cadence”. As ever, Glen played with a clear bright tone andbeautiful phrasing. Society co-founder Bill Samson was the first to perform on a guitar in this meeting. Theguitar itself was built by Bill in 2015. It is a copy of the Torres FE18 Guitar, which he hasheld in his own hands. Bill played two pieces, Carcassi Opus 59, nos. 1...
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