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announcing my Mum’s book!

For the past year or so, I’ve been working on a collaboration with my mum, Lilian Linden, who is an acclaimed Scottish music pianist and the founder of the Invercauld Scottish Dance band.

For three decades, Mum has been composing original music ranging from lively jigs and reels to traditional strathspeys and lyrical slow airs, and now we’ve collected them all for the first time in her own music book, The Lilian Linden Collection of Scottish Music!

Lilian and June with The Lilian Linden Collection of Scottish Music

From learning how to use professional quality music notation software to create the sheet music (mostly Mum’s side of the collaboration), through designing, editing, laying out and publishing the book (mostly my contribution), via endless international Skype calls to progress the project, publishing this book has been a new challenge for both of us, but we’re delighted with the result.

The Lilian Linden Collection of Scottish Music - sheet music sample
Doesn’t it look good?

When I visited my parents last week, Mum and I had a final check of the proof copy to make sure it was 100% perfect, and now it’s up on amazon and available to purchase worldwide!

Amazon links: US, UK, CA, DE – and you can also find it on all the other Amazon international sites by searching for “Lilian Linden”. πŸ™‚

If you know anyone who enjoys playing Scottish or Celtic music or who plays for Scottish dancing or ceilidhs, please let them know about this book. It includes 33 original tunes with chords, and is intended to be played primarily on piano, accordion and/or fiddle.

The Lilian Linden Collection of Scottish Music - cover

I’m so proud of Mum for all the work she’s put into this project and for finally getting all her original music published in print form. Please leave my mum (Lilian) a comment to congratulate her on this huge achievement!

14 Comments »

  1. Sara said

    That is so exciting!! I, too, would like to hear some of her works. I don’t think my pianists-in-training are at the level to play her music yet, but they are very interested in music of all types, particularly tradition music. Congratulations on a successful collaboration!

  2. Jackie said

    Congrats on a successful creative collaboration!!! I am a musician as well (not as a pianist though…I WISH I could be talented enough to readily read two clefs at once!), so it was especially exciting to stumble upon this blog post that combines my two most loved hobbies: Crochet and music…how cool! Great job, June’s mum!! I am so impressed and inspired by your talent in composing original music (something I have always wanted to do) πŸ™‚

  3. Bri Wallage said

    What a fantastic mother/daughter team up! I’m very jealous..the most creative thing my daughter and I ever do is to text memes to each other :p

    I must say though that I love Scottish music, especially the fiddles so I look forward to maybe getting a chance to hear your mum’s music.

    (And on a funny note it just so happens that as I’m reading your blog I’m munching on shortbread I just snagged from the Scottish bakery up the street, very appropriate I think)

  4. .: petrOlly :. said

    This is fantastic! Artistic family teaming up for a joint project, I think that’s awesome. Could I hear to a sample of the music your mum makes, June? I don’t think I ever heard traditional Scottish music before…
    Congrats to you both! πŸ™‚

    • June said

      I’m hoping to persuade Mum to let me put a couple of snippets of music from her CD up on her website – I’ll keep you posted… πŸ™‚

      • .: petrOlly :. said

        Oh, that would be great! πŸ™‚

  5. Ruth Lister said

    Wow! A huge congratulations to you both June. What a great project to have been a part of. I wish you Mother resounding success with this labour of love and persistence. You are obviously both very talented women. Well done.
    Kind regards
    Ruth

  6. MotherOwl (Charlotte) said

    Congratulations on the book. It sounds really great. I wish I could play, as I love Scottish music.

  7. Sandie said

    Congratulations on the culmination of your hard work! I’m sure this lovely book will be appreciated by those with musical skills!

  8. Debi said

    What an accomplishment! We Scottish people are awesome!

  9. Ruth Tingey said

    I love your patterns! Have used them for years…my favorite craft is crocheting, Have made a darling swag with your shamrock pattern and another with your heart pattern..keep creating.. I am impressed with your mum! She’s lovely. I am 80 years old and talent always impresses me!

  10. Chrisie said

    That’s awesome and it looks amazing! My husband’s side has Scottish roots so this is extra cool for me to see. πŸ™‚ Congrats!

  11. Thank you so much, June, for helping me publish this book.
    I’m so happy to finally have my music in print! This been an ambition for so long and I couldn’t have done it without you.
    All my love always,
    Mum
    xxxx

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