This tune by the Shetland fiddler, Samuel Ian Rothmar Burns (known as Ian Burns (1932-1995)) looks tricky but is very popular because it’s much easier than it looks. Good practice for G major and fun to play. The only difficult bit to remember is where you are in the tune as the second half of the A part is repeated at the end of the B part. I’ve tried to write it out so you can see the similarity (and differences) between the parts which I think also makes it easier to learn, however, my software doesn’t let me put repeat marks inside a bar, so I couldn’t add the upbeat to the repeats. I hope you can see how to manage this.
The name, Spootiskerry, comes from the Burns family farm and a “skerry” is a Shetland term for rocks only visible at low tide. There is a book, Back Tae Burns, of his collected works, but unfortunately hard to find at the moment.
As always, it is better to listen than just read, especially as you can get a nice swing to the beat in many of these recordings:
Stringers’ Ridge (banjo, guitar and bodhran)
Nice slow fiddle
Flutes and bouzouki
Fiddle fingering (but slightly different version, but listen to great bowing)
Banjo and guitar (but no video – starting at 1.10mins)
Accordion and guitar (starting at 1.50mins)
Piano and fiddle (cool arrangement)