The Mural is a great celebration of music and dance. As well as two hopping chants and a host of musical instruments, three Scottish dance tunes are woven into the celebrations. Two are well known, The White Cockade and Strip the Willow, but the third one, Heather’s Jig, less so – until now.
Heather’s Jig is a named for Heather Goodare. The mural poem ‘The Throng of Folk’ tells of the jig being danced with vigour and of ‘high-jinks on Bruntsfield Links’. This mirrors the verve and tenacity with which Heather has steered the mural project to fruition. It is Astrid and Rachel’s way of marking her contribution with heartfelt thanks.
They are delighted that Heather’s Jig has now been composed by Malcolm Goodare and was premiered to great acclaim by his ensemble Fiddlers on the Ramp at the mural launch on 22nd September 2014. So Heather's jig has become another addition to the folklore of the Meadows.
Hear Heather's Jig
Fiddlers on the Ramp: Rob and Callum on fiddle, Callum also on mandolin; Alistair on banjo, Mark on guitar, and Malcolm on cello.