Flett From Flotta reel

Also known as A March For Flett From Flotta.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

Flett From Flotta has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Flett From Flotta
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e>d[|BdBA B2GB|d>edB d2Bd|e>deg edBd|edBG A2e>d|
BdBA B2GB|d>edB g2GA|B2g>e dBAB|G2G>A G2|]
GB[|d2GB g2GB|d>edB d2GB|g2GB d2Bd|e>dBG A2e>d|
BdBA B2GB|d>edB g2GA|B2g>e dBAB|G2G>A G2|]

Four comments

Flett from Flotta

A great march written by Donald Macleod during the Second World War about his friend William (aka Jock) Flett, a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders.
Flotta (the flat island) is in the Orkneys.

We tag it with Kelso Fiddle & Box Club and the Fourty-Six Seconder.

Fergie McDonald plays it as a strathspey with lots more dots.

Do the parts repeat or not? I see you’ve notated them as AB, as not repeating?

And yes, it is a lovely march…

"Flett from Flotta" was William Arnot Flett, who was known as "Big John" by his regiment, fought at the battle of El Alamein in 1942. It was apparently while he and Donald McLeod were locked together in a guard’s van, protecting the regimental silver heading for a dinner in England that the tune was composed. It was also known as "John Flett of Flotta".

His nephew, also named William Arnot Flett, but known to everyone as "Arne" (after a trip to Norway - before that he was known as "Arnie") was someone I had great pleasure in saying was a true friend of mine. Arne was a great piper and pipe teacher, and it is mainly due to him that I have an interest in pipes and piping. I have the story of "Flett from Flotta" through him.
Arne passed away not long ago.