DonaldK’s seven hundred and forty-four comments

  • John.c.w, you may not know, but this isn't really the place for self-penned tunes. Jeremy (site moderator) suggests for each self-penned tune you must do penance by contributing six other tunes (or tune settings). more…

  • Re: Music Notation Software: Sibelius or Finale?

    I haven't used Finale so can't compare it to Sibelius, but I use Sibelius pretty much exclusively now as opposed to abc packages. It takes longer to master programs like Sibelius because they can do so much (Sibelius Help runs to 700 or so pages) but with... more…

  • Re: Pipe tunes from the trenches?

    Hear it here: more…

  • Re: Pipe tunes from the trenches?

    There is the retreat march, "The Bloody Fields of Flanders" composed by PM John MacLellan DCM of the 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The tune was used by Hamish Henderson for his song "Freedom Come all Ye", written in 1960 and, funnily enough, much... more…

  • Re: Problems contacting Tom Cussen to buy a banjo

    What's wrong with a phone call? Surely it can't cost that much? more…

  • Re: Independence day parties in Scotland

    Feeling very deflated. All for nowt. more…

  • Erm, yes? more…

  • Éolie

    A French Canadian tune by Raynald Ouellet. I heard it on Olivia Korkola's CD "Playing in Traffic". The first setting is the basic tune. The second setting is transcribed from her playing and shows some possible ornamentation and phrasing (for fiddle). A p... more…

  • Re: French Canadian Reels

    It is indeed. I'm much more familiar with the big version. The first time I heard the original I thought "Eh? He's missed oot half the tune." more…

  • Re: French Canadian Reels

    I suspect, though I have no proof, that "Big John McNeil" is a Canadian expansion of the Peter Milne's "John MacNeill's Reel" and is "Big" because each part is 8 bars instead of 4. Great tune. more…