From the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire. A well-known tune.
"Wi’ a hundred pipers, an a , an a,….." what a concept!
There seems to be a lot of this New England Fiddler’s repertoire coming from Scotland!
A version of this tune is played in Kerry as a slide, according to Johnny Leary’s book of tunes . It has the unlikely title of "The Hair Fell off Of Me Coconut" - try singing it to the tune:
"The Hair Fell off Of Me Coconut",
The Hair Fell off Of Me Coconut" ,
The Hair Fell off Of Me Coconut",
Now wouldn’t you like it baldy ?"
Would I make this up ?
A lot of Scots must have ended up in New England! Any confirmation from our friends in the USA?
Jigs as slides
I think that Scottish jigs in rhythms like this one, and tunes like "Cock Yer Pistol Charlie" sound better as slides. Maybe the Irish thought so too.
Kenny, I was just browsing through the Johnny O’Leary collection the other day, and I’ll back you up on that.
Any rockers from the 50s still around will be familiar with the Lord Rockingham’s 11 version of this tune known as "Hoots Mon there’s a Moose Loose aboot this Hoose" - a great tune for saxaphones but not a version the purists would approve of !!
~ a colleciton compiled by Randy Miller and Jack Perron:
This tune is the Regimental March of the Royal West Kents (dispanded) It is also known in Ireland as ‘I’ll eat no more of your Barley Bread’
“Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border” ~
edited by Terry Moylan
The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994
Another transcription of this as a slide:
Page 79, tune #135: "The Hair Fell off my Coconut"
As mentioned previously by Kenny & granama…
“The Hair Fell Off My Coconut” ~ other ways with it
T: Hair Fell Off My Coconut, The
T: Hundred Pipers, A
|: AB |\
c2 E E^DE F2 A A2 f | e2 c cBA c2 B B^AB |
c2 E E^DE F2 A A2 f | e2 c BcB A3- A :|
|: AB |\
c2 e ece f2 a a2 f | e2 c- cBA c2 B B^AB |
cee ec/d/e faa agf | ecc B^AB =A2 G A- :|
“The Durham Reel” ~ English Country Dance / Traditional Northumbrian Melody
AB rather than AABB
T: Durham Reel, The
c2 E E>FE | F2 A A2 f | e2 c c>BA | B2 B B2 A/B/ |
c2 E E>FE | F2 A A2 f | e2 c B>cB | A2 A A2 ||
e2 e e>ce | f2 a a2 f | e2 c c>BA | B2 B B A/B |
c2 E E>FE | F2 A A2 f | e2 c B>cB | A2 A A2 |]
Descriptions for the dance can be found in several sources inlcuding EFDSS’s "Community Dances Manual 3"
For an earful, here’s an arrangement that exists online in Sibelius Scorch, you can view and listen too ~
~ the arrangement
“The Hundred Pipers March” ~ 4/4
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on December 6th 2008 by ceolachan.
“The Thousand Pipers” ~ 3/4 waltz
Submitted on September 9th 2009 by Mike Ferris.
It was also recorded by Leo Rowsome