I learned this tune from Marijan Rudel in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He transcribed it from Dave Swarbrick’s playing - LP "Smiddyburn" (1981)

## Eleven comments

### Sword Dance

This tune is actually called ‘Ghillie Challum’… though, yes, it is known to most people as the Sword Dance.

### “Lasses Gar Your Tails Todle” / “Tail Toddle” ~ closer to the usual air

Key signature: D Major

Submitted on March 7th 2003 by gian marco.

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1484

### “Gille Callum” ~ 1786 ~ in 7 parts

"A Collection of Reels"

Alexander McGlashan

(nicknamed ‘King M’Glashan’ because of his dress sense)

Published by Neil Stewart, Edinburgh, 1786

K: A Mixolydian

|: A<Ac>e d2 B>G | A<Ac>e d2 c>A |1 E<EG>B d2 B>G | A<Ac>e dB e2 :|

2 BEBe d2 B>G | A<Ac>e B/c/d e2 ||

|: A<Ac>A g2 B>G | A<Ac>A a2 a>e |1 G2 g2 d2 B>G | A<Ac>A dB e2 :|

2 g2 a/g/f/e/ d2 B>G | A<Ac>A B/c/d e2 ||

|: A<Ac>A AgBG | A<Ac>A AacA |1 aefd egBG | A<Ac>e B/c/d e2 |

2 gbeg dgBG | A<Ac>E B/c/d e2 ||

|: A<Ac>A G/G/G BG | A<Ac>A A/A/A c>A | c>ABA G/G/G B>G | A<Ac>A B/c/d e2 :|

|: A<Ac>e dgBG | A<Ac>e AacA | a/g/f/e/ fd gdBG | A<Ac>e B/c/d e2 :|

|: A2 cA BGBG | A2 cA cAcA | cAcA BGBG | A<Ac>A B/c/d e2 :|

|: A<Ac>e AgBG | A<Ac>e AacA | gaeg dgBb | gaeg dg e2 :|

Apologies ~ forgot the repeat :| at the end of the four bars for the C-part:

|: A<Ac>A AgBG | A<Ac>A AacA |1 aefd egBG | A<Ac>e B/c/d e2 :|

2 gbeg dgBG | A<Ac>E B/c/d e2 ||

### “Gille Callum” / “Keellum Kallum”

"Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody"

Captain Frances O’Neill, Chicago, 1922

~ collected from William Walsh, police officer and highland piper

The following is based on that transcription:

K: A Mixolydian

|: A2 c>A d2 B>G | A2 c>A d2 c>A | B2 g>e d2 B>G | A2 c>A d>B e2 :|

A2 c>A g2 B>G | A2 c>A a2 c>A | a2 c>A g2 B>G | A2 c>A d>B e2 |

A2 c>A a2 B>G | A2 c>e a<ea>e | g>a (3gfe d<gB<g | e<a (3efg (3Bcd e2 ||

### “Gille Callum” ~ without the G#

The following is much more familiar to me, without the G#, very close to "The Athole Collection", 1884, which has G#s in the A-part…

K: A Dorian

|: A<Ac>e d2 B>G | A<Ac>e d2 c>A | B>EB>e d2 B>G | A<Ac>e d>B e2 :|

A<Ac>e g2 B>G | A<Ac>e a2 c>A | a2 c>A g2 B>G | A<Ac>e d>B e2 |

A<Ac>e g2 B>G | A<Ac>e a>ba>f | g>ag>e d/c/B/A/ G2 | A<Ac>e d>B e2 ||

### A Mixolydian!!! (= F# & C#)

GOOF! ~ Damn, I need a rest, not A Dorian, the confusion being that "The Athole Collection" transcript I had started in A Major, but the same as all the rest here ~ A Mixolydian…

Also a ‘note’ contributing to the confusion, that the transcript I had for O’Neill’s "Waifs and Strays" was given accidental free, or as ‘a minor’ and the notation given above could be played as that…

### Gille Callum

A simpler and perhaps older version for GHB

L:1/8

M:4/4

K:A

AA/A/c>A d2 B>=G | A<Ac>A e2 cA | e2 cA d2 B=G | AA/A/ce d<B e2 :|

A<Ace =g2 dB | A<Ace a>ga>e | =g>ag>e d<gB<g | A<Ace d<B e2 |

A<Ace =g2 dB | A<Ace a>ga>e | =g>ag>e d<gB<G | A<Ace d<B e2 |

### All in the family ~ polka, reel, strathspey

polka ~ "Fiddle Faddle" / "Ffidl Ffadl"

# Added by Conway - November 12th, 2003

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reel ~ "The Tail Toddle"

# Added by gian marco - March 6th, 2003

http://thesession.org/tunes/1484