The Derry Air, Ranting in the Rye, The Star of the County Down, The Wedding of William and Mairi, Mistress Winter's Jump, Kemp's Jig
Bill Thorp started arranging music, while still at school, as a member of a folk group in which he played string bass. More experience followed with a college based acoustic folk-rock bank, playing violin, viola and piano, which went on to work professionally for two years. Later, in a varied career which included performing with string quartets at some of London's pizza restaurants, he was prompted to arrange music especially for that grouping and situation. Nowadays his playing career ranges from appearing on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Violin with most of London's period instrument groups, to odd recording sessions on country and western fiddle.
This piece was written for a memorial service and hence has a rather wistful quality to it. It has been performed many times at Junior Department Conservatoires, other memorial services and in concerts and recitals throughout the UK. It is tonal and melodious and so has a wide appeal.