from Ashley MacIsaac
Close to the FloorThe above tune was first published in 1983 in Ringing Strings, a Shetland compilation containing a mixture of traditional and original music. A prolific composer and successful teacher, Anderson was one of the the 20th century's most influential Scottish musicians.
The above air was composed to honour Prophet James Laurence Smith (1909-79) a union organizer for the National Union of Seamen in Lerwick. A man who worked for many causes, he was fhe first Labour candidate for the Orkney and Shetlands constituency and an advocate for the Scottish Agricultural Organization.
The soundclip & transcription comes from Ashley MacIsaac's 1992 recording Close to the Floor.