This is also played as a reel, which was composed by J. Scott Skinner. The reel’s title is "Angus Campbell". Skinner often wrote tunes in more than one form, i.e. as a strathspey and a reel. I wonder if he did it with this pair?
Also played as a reel
I understand that Strathspeys are often followed by a reel which is similar to the original tune but may be someone with more knowledge of Scots’ tunes could give us the gen on this.
As regards the tune, although this one is played quite a bit it still holds up pretty well,I think.
I was taught this version of the tune a few days ago.
E>G|:A2c>A E>Ac>e|a2g>a f>ae>c|(3def (3efg (3aed (3cBA|(3Bcd (3cBA (3G FE (3dcB|
A2c>A E>Ac>e|a2g>a f>ae>c|(3def (3efg (3aed (3cBA|1 (3GFE (3dcB A2 E>G:|
[2 (3GFE (3dcB A2 e>g|:a2e>a c>aA>a|(3cBA e>A a>ec>e|b2f>b ^d>bB>f|
(3^dcB f>B b>f^d>f|a2e>a c>aA>a|(3cBA e>A a>ec>e|(3def (3efg (3aed (3cBA|
[1 (3GFE (3dcB A2 e>g:|2 (3GFE (3dcB A2||
Apart from minor changes in the lead-in notes to the sections, the major difference is the d# in bars 3 and 4 of the B part (I have notated the repetition of the d# in bar 4 for clarity). This gives an extra brightness to the tune.
This tune goes well with another strathspey recently posted on this site, "Little Johnnie’s Hame".
Strathspeys and Reels
Yeah, Strathspeys are commonly followed by reels, especially for dancing. Traditonally in Highland dance you do the Strathspey and then either the Highland Reel, 1/2 Tulloch Reel, Reel of Tulloch or Hullachan Reel (which, the Tulloch and Hullachan I’m told are the same dance)
An audio sample (2 speeds) at my tune-learning site : http://www.jim.dorans.dsl.pipex.com/mp3/lairdofdrumblair1.mp3
The best version to date that i’ve heard of this tune was by the late jonhnny cunningham on the celtic fiddle festival recording, it’s the last of a set of three strathspeys and when he kicks into it’s reel version it’s an absolute explosion of brilliance… well worth a listen.
In the early 70s, Don MacAlpine, a fellow teacher, friend and neighbor, and proud Scot, introduced me to this tune. National Geographic Magazine had an issue on Scotland. It also had as part of it a tear out floppy vinyl record of the (then)-Scottish National Fiddle Champion. He played this tuen and another whose name I cannot recall. I have posted them transcribed as accurately as I can remember) to the Sibeliusmusic.com website
I feel that this is a more accurate representation as it contains the traditional Scottish "snap" (accented 16th note on the beat folloowed by a dotted eighth) .
If anyone knows the name of the second tune, I would be most appreciative.
Johnny C video
Here’s a video of Johnny Cunningham playing it at the beginning of a set with brother Phil:
This is mind-blowing stuff.
Johnny Cunningham video…
That’s fecking brilliant.
Tricky tune Angus Campbell
l love this tune. Of course I am not overly talented in any case and I found the tune difficult to master on the mandolin. The B-part seems the most problmatic at first —but in the end the A-part was the hardest for me to polish. Keep in my with my playing polish and in the rough differ marginally. I have never seen the sheet music for Laird O’ Drumblair but I have come up with my own version of that tune as well. It seems to me to be almost the same tune with a few notes left out so it can be played at reel speed?
The composer’s version
This can be found in Scott Skinner’s "Scottish Violinist" on p. 10. The original publication sited there is in his "Harp and Claymore".
An Angus Campbell is on p. 13 as a concert reel.
Re Laird of Drumblair (Skinner)
I used to have an LP with Skinner playing this. A short clip of his playing can be found at
Tommy Peoples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls_UI9Z0Yz0
Is there another version maybe for whistle or keylesa flute?
The Laird of Drumblair
I have just published a setting (X: 3) in G for Gianmarco (FromtheWood). When you’re a bit more experienced, you should try it again in A major - it’s perfectly achievable on whistle.
Winston ‘Scotty’ Fitzgerald
The Laird O’ Dumblair Strathspey, The Ten Pound Fiddle Reel, Baker Reel: http://archive.org/details/TheLairdODumblairStrathspeyTheTenPoundFiddleReelBakerReel
Thanks really Nigel!!