Campbell, Bridgegate Music
Unrequited love ! A Russian Cossack tune called ‘Romance’, learnt from and performed with our good friends the world famous ‘Rostov Balalaika’ from Rostov on Don, twin city of Glasgow Scotland, during tours with them in Russia and Scotland which includied many jovial nights.

The lyrics are a loose translation from Pushkin, Russia’s celebrated poet similar in fame to our Robert Burns.



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Trad/Arr.Aitken, Bridgegate Music
A traditional chorus song from Durham in North East England, learn’t from the great Jez Lowe, one of England’s best singer/songwriters.
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Aitken, Bridgegate Music

Linsey wrote this waltz for her daughter Gabby. When she was just a wee girl, Gabby would spend many a happy hour twirling around the kitchen to the accompaniment of Lins on the piano whilst she played the pots and pans with a wooden spoon! Continue reading “Gabby’s Waltz” »

Aitken, Bridgegate Music

For Linsey’s inspirational polish Uncle Stephan with whom she spent many happy childhood hours playing the violin, ‘cello and piano together…a wonderful man and one of life’s true enthusiasts and a “Giver” big time! A funky little ‘cello number… Continue reading “The Giving Kind” »

Campbell, Bridgegate Music
Verse one is based on ‘Armstrong’s Goodnight’ printed 1770. Armstrong was a border reiver executed in 1605 for the murder of the Warden of Scottish March. These words were the forerunner to the famous traditional song ‘The Parting Glass’. Verse two is based on an 18th century Glasgow Broadside, and we made up all the rest and the music !

‘So here’s good health and wealth to thee, wherever you may be, and a toast to Caledonia [Scotland], and friends across the seas’.


Dedicated to all the folk we met along the way on this wonderful musical journey including all in Tuscan hill town ‘Barga’, the most Scottish town in Italy and our home from home.


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