The world is not yet quite ready for my bow technique, but I’m working on it. In the meantime, here are two Scottish lute pieces played without the bow. I hope you like them.
A Port is a Scots Gaelic tune, port meaning air or music not danced to. It’s a kind of tuning prelude, with rising and falling octaves, and key melodic notes of the major 3rd and 5th – classic tuning prelude landmarks. It worked – see me adjust the 7th fret mid stream! Port is pronounced Porsht. Plural is Portan. There are quite a few portan in the Scottish lute repertoire.
Rhona is my daughter’s name. I often make up names for untitled pieces, and I used to play this beautiful tune to get her to sleep of an evening when she was a baby.