Venturing into Crime and Fiddle Music

I don’t recall ever being a fan of crime fiction, apart from a short period in my early 20s when I read a few Agatha Christie’s.

However I was recently drawn to two British TV series based on crime novels. The first was Prime Suspect 1973 (based on Lynda La Plante’s book Tennison) and the other was Shetland, based on a series of book by Ann Cleeves.

In neither case was I drawn to watch by the crime element, but by the setting.

Prime Suspect was set in “my” era – my early teens to be specific, and the draw was nostalgia. Shetland caught my attention because of the geography, the music and the culture of its location. I’ve long had an interest in things Scottish and Irish and have a sizable collection of traditional music from both countries.

After watching these TV shows I’m interested to read the books that inspired them.

The following has nothing to do with the series or the books – apart from the Shetland link, and the fact that I love this kind of music. (And I typed that in time with the music).


8 thoughts on “Venturing into Crime and Fiddle Music

  1. I’m glad you have music to enjoy so much. I went recently with a few members of my family to hear a group with a lead singer whose parents are one Scottish and one Irish (if I’ve got that right now). I had been thinking he was fully Scottish, but besides the mixed parents I think he was born in England. Anyway, the music is different. No fiddles. There was a small harp (for one song only, I believe). It was Yes, with Jon Anderson. (There is, oddly*, another group called Yes, with access to the same catalog.)

    {* Oddly. Indeed, but there is a reason.}

    1. It’s strange how music can play such an important part of a person’s life at certain times of life – and then later it’s neglected all together.

      When I first met Gloria it was at the first and last meeting of an attempted U2 fan club. At the end the attendees all took off in different directions and I was too slow to catch up with her. Fortunately I was able to get her contact details from a mutual friend and we started a year long friendship via letters and phone calls (we lived in different cities). After several months we discovered that we’d both separately discovered the same band, a kind of folk-punk group playing their own folk inspired material. Independently we had bought their albums and couldn’t get through the day without listening to them.
      I went to see them perform at a Sydney pub almost every week with friends from University, and I was able to arrange an interview with their singer who also gave me a sneak preview of several tracks of his first solo album.
      A few years later he moved to the UK and became quite big in folk music circles until his premature death from cancer several years ago.

      Back then I would have never believed it could be possible for me to go for weeks (even months) without listening to an album. As I try to recall the last time I played a CD, it would have been mid August when I was driving to see my parents. During the four hour trip I played an album by an English folksinger/fiddle player, Bella Hardy who comes from the same region of England where I spent my childhood.

      The album relates to the trip featured in this video.

  2. The Partidge Family! Little me thought they were great. And my closest cousin and I used to dance around the basement (where we had almost a man-cave room with a built-in bar that never had alcohol, a nice, big raspberry rug, and a television, etc), jumping from furniture to furniture along to them. My cousin and her sister (also my cousin but like five years younger) lived in my house for about a year. It was really great having them and my aunt there. Some of our best memories are from then. I think it would have been good for them to live with us the rest of our young years… I mean for all our sakes, at least my closest cousin and myself. I’m pleased to hear The Partridge Family got overseas.

    (What happened is their mother couldn’t afford the nearby private school [schools, I started, switched from the public grade school I went to for third through sixth grades two years before high school], so she had to move to a place with a well-reputed public school district. She wasn’t happy after all with what she was drawn to for her oldest daughter, so she ended up moving again when it was time for her younger daughter to attend high school; she was very glad with that.)

    I was rather sheltered [besides being younger than you, I think, by only a few years… sort of like my little cousin]… not only by going to a Christian school, because it wasn’t an uptight religious school, but because of my parents’ choices. So I didn’t come across Deep Purple at that time. Partridge Family records were available at our grocery store. I can see why you liked Deep Purple however, and my dad liked music along that line… while my mother wouldn’t get it at all (thus, I didn’t hear it much).

    Sweet was entertaining, just in the background (like most music I never bought). I get that Queen is extremely talented, and sometimes that’s been enjoyable (but mostly I’ve found their music annoying — and I had to deal with fact it became very popular at sports events, both professional and local recreational, during my children’s childhood). An album I bought (maybe eighth grade), not having any idea what was going on there, was Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboys (Elton John). And I enjoyed it quite a bit (mainly a phase, although I downloaded it recently), but I never got why he had to wear big glasses and feathers and all that. I wasn’t familiar with the rest of your finds from then and later. (Probably, if I checked on YouTube I’d recognize something.) I’ve mentioned before that I liked Heart (only 70s Heart). A group I think sometimes sounds like Queen but better is Muse (way more recent); I’ve seen them in concert. I won’t try to make a list. I appreciate a wide range of genres, but am somewhat picky within them.

    Of course, everybody can get into the Beetles and the Dave Clark Five. There’s a new Sirius station from the Beetles; yikes. The first time we turned it on, we were headed to a jazz concert at a local world-class new symphony hall, where we also, months later, saw Yes… and I had to turn it off or my makeup was (and eyes were) going to be a wreck. That’s a lot of sadness they were playing. Whew. I don’t know how the hours work, when they play the peppy stuff. I tend to turn on the Spa station, though, when driving.

    I saw these guys at that same symphony hall:

    I ended up buying their limited-print poster, a ship at sea theme.
    Actually, it’s so nice I think it might be a screen print. It’s now framed.

    We’re going to see Poco next month at a bar at the edge of downtown. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever liked country, kinda grosses me out (usually), but folk can get pretty darn near it. (And, yeah okay, even older style bluegrass can be fun.)

    I’ve never thought about country-punk, will check out your list.

    1. I think I’d moved on from Queen by the time they were being used at sport’s venues. From memory I discovered them around the time of A Night at the Opera when I went back to buy all their previous albums. I also saw them play live at what may have been their first Sydney concert which was a very low-budget performance compared to their later live extravaganzas.
      My sister remained (and remains) a fan and she “inherited” all my original release Queen vinyl albums. She saw several of their later concerts including one a year or two ago with Adam Lambert as singer. She though that concert was the best of all she’d seen, even better than Freddie Mercury’s era.

      My introduction to Deep Purple was during a school music class when the teacher played a very early album recorded with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra. I then moved on to some of their more well known albums. Not long after I became besotted with Suzi Quatro (later to appear on Happy Days) and would spend hours hopping from one radio station to the next to hear her. I saw her live twice including her first ever Australian concert. I could have gone to her (almost) last ever Australian concert a year or two ago in Canberra – if I’d been interested.

  3. I used to listen to this guy a lot, never saw him live.

    Andrew Bird; ran across him during the same
    period of time I discovered blogging and
    how much was out there on YouTube.
    Measuring Cups live
    Measuring Cups music video
    Dr. Strings tv show

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