Leaving Lerwick Harbour reel

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

Leaving Lerwick Harbour has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Leaving Lerwick Harbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
F|B3 d/2c/2 B3F|G2 B2 F3D|E3G F2 D2|C4-C2 F2|!
B3 d/2c/2 B3F|G2 B2 F3D|E2 C2 F2 D2|B,4-B,3:|!
d/2e/2|f3d B3F|G2 B2 e2 g2|f3B F2 D2|C4 C3 d/2e/2|!
f3d B3F|G2 B2 [G,2E2] [B2g2]|[A2f2] F2 [F2d2] [E2c2]|[D4B4] [D3B3] d/2e/2|!
f3d B3F|G2 B2 e2 g2|f3B F2 D2|C4-C2 F2|!
B3 d/2c/2 B3F|G2 B2 F3D|E2 C2 F2 D2|B,4-B,3||
# Added by fifer .
X: 2
T: Leaving Lerwick Harbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d3 f/2e/2 d3A|B3d A3F|G3A/B/ A2 F2|E4-E2 A2|!
d3 f/2e/2 d3A|B2 d2 A3F|G3E A2 F2|D4-D3:|!
f/2g/2|a3f d3A|B2 d2 g2 b2|a3f/d/ A2 F2|(E4 E3)f/g/|
a3f d3A|B2 d2 g2 b2|a3A f2 e2|(d4 d3)f/g/|
a3f d3A|B2 d2 g2 b2|a3d A2 F2|E4-E2 A2|
d3 f/2e/2 d3A|B2 d2 A3F|G3E A2 F2|D4-D3||
# Added by JACKB .

Five comments

Leaving Lerwick Harbour

Isn’t life a b**** - a series of trade-offs?

This is a haunting SLOW AIR in Bb major. Only way my brain could think to post it this morning, given the alcohol/caffeine mix. Should print and play OK, hopefully, after adjusting the tempo. Written by the late Willie Hunter and not ashamed to say it’s one of my favourites. Inspired by watching the departure of the ferry carrying his aunt back home to New Zealand following a brief visit back to her birthplace. Think you’ve got a good fiddle/fiddle set-up? (Technique taken for granted of course!) You’ve got to try this. I’ll guarantee that if you make it sing and there’s a Shetlander (and many non-Shetlanders) in the house there’ll be a moistness in their eyes - I don’t care how macho they are.

(No more for the present Jeremy - I promise!)

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I love this tune! One of his most popular and best compositions out of all of them. Willie, himself, didn’t actually play this slow air until his last recording that he made just a few weeks before he, sadly, passed away. If he was asked to play it, he would say, "I’m not ready to play it yet." It’s a very sad story.
I have been told that I can make my fiddle sing when I’m playing this slow air, and I have been known to bring a tear or two to my mum’s eye’s before whilst playing it.

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Also at the end of the tune to finish it of, instead of playing a C and then a B, you can play an A to a B an octave higher.

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I didn’t make a very good job of it, but if your interested, I just posted this tune on YouTube.
I’m playing it on my recently acquired Wheatstone Aeola Baritone Concertina, so it sounds suitably mellow.
However, I still have to learn to play S L O W L Y on it! :-(



Leaving Lerwick Harbour

Definitely a fiddle tune. I was on a gig with Ian Lowthian and Catriona Macdonald (I keep very good musical company) and Cat had just been told of Willie’s passing, by her Mum. It was expected news but still very sad. Can’t believe it is already so long ago.