An Drochaid Chliùteach three-two

Also known as An Drochaid Chiiùiteach, An Drochaid Chiiúiteach, An Drochaid Chliuteach, An Drochaid Chluiteach, An Drochaid Cliuiteach, An Drochaid Cluideachd, An Drochaid Luideach, An Drochead Chluiteach, The Crooked Bridge, The Famous Bridge, The Twisted Bridge, The Twisted Fox.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

An Drochaid Chliùteach has been added to 104 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: An Drochaid Chliùteach
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ce (3(eee) feef ec a2 | ce (3(eee) feef ec B2 |
ce (3(eee) feef ec a2 | A2 AB c2 ec BG A2 :|
ae (3(eee) feef ec a2 | ae (3(eee) feef ec B2 |
ae (3(eee) feef ec a2 | A2 AB c2 ec BG A2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: An Drochaid Chliùteach
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
M: 6/4
|: ce e/e/e fe ef ec a2 | ce e/e/e fe ef ec B2 |
ce e/e/e fe ef ec a2 | A2 AB c2 ec BG A2 :|
|: ae e/e/e fe ef ec a2 | ae e/e/e fe ef ec B2 |
ae e/e/e fe ef ec a2 | A2 AB c2 ec BG A2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: An Drochaid Chliùteach
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
M: 6/4
|: Bd ^cd ed de dB g2 | Bd d/^c/d ed- de dB A2 |
B/c/d d/^c/d ed de dB g2 | G2- GA B2 dB AG G2 :|
|: gd ^cd ed de dB g2 | gd d/^c/d ed- de dB A2 |
gd d/^c/d e2 de dB g2 | G2- GA BG dB AG G2 :|
ABC

Twenty-two comments

You can assign meter on site when making your contribution, say under either 3/2 or 6/8 but with a ‘proviso’ ~ all you do is add
M: 6/4
before the ABCs…

Cool tune. It sounds so familiar but I can’t remember where I heard it.

Gaelic Storm. How could I forget.

I have it on good authority that the name ‘The Twisted Bridge’ is a bad translation from the Gaelic. The name should actually be ‘The Famous Bridge’

A reel and a half

What an interesting little tune! I think you were right to choose 3/2 anyway, domnull. Anything with a 6 on top of the time signature (6/2, 6/4, 6/8 etc) is "compound duple", i.e. there are 2 beats in the bar, so you’d tap your foot twice, and there’d be 3 crotchets’ worth on each tap. With 3/2 the bar length is the same, but the subdivision is different and there are 3 beats in the bar. Clearly in this tune there are 3 beats.

Apparently this is a type of reel from the Hebrides. The whole feel of this kind of 3/2 is different from the normal 3/2. If the normal 3/2 is like a "slip march", then this would be a "slip reel", and I’ve heard it described as such. I think it’s very descriptive to have terms such as slip reel and slip polka. Those terms imply that the general feel of the rhythm is the same but the bar length is different.

I’ve come across other tunes like this online. One was a French Canadian tune I heard in a session a few years ago. I’d have to do a bit of research to find out the name of that tune again, but I remember it was called "Reel" something-or-other.

I beg your pardon, it’s actually "gigue". The name is La Grande Gigue Simple, but the Fiddler’s Companion has this to say about it: "This melody is probably the most popular and famous solo step-dance tune for virtuostic stepping in French-Canadian tradition, though it is in actuality not a jig (‘gigue’) but a reel".

Twisted Bridge is on track 8 of the Tannahill Weavers’ "Capernaum", as the last in the Log Splitter Set entitled An Drochaid Luideach.

The band Beolach does a great version of this on uilleann pipes

The name

The tune is actually about a bridge on the East side of Benbecula, in the Western Isles, and is thought to have been An Drochaid Luideach, meaning the silly bridge, but the name probably changed as they do, over time.

Just realized you can play it in octaves! I am excited.

The Famous Bridge (An Drochaid Chliui)

For the pipers out there, I thought I’d put up this arrangement which is on the Smalltalk album and I know I’ve heard it on highland pipes, but I don’t know what it’s called. I kept the 3/2 time signature because it fits, but this is more the structure of a pipe reel.

X: 1
T: Famous Bridge, The
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
R: Slip Reel
K: HP
{g}ce{g}e{A}e {g}fe{A}ef {g}e{A}e {ag}a2| {g}ce{g}e{A}e {g}fe{A}ef {g}ecB{G}B|
{g}ce{g}e{A}e {g}fe{A}ef {g}e{A}e {ag}a2|{g}A{d}A{e}AB {gcd}c2 {g}ce{g}BG {g}A{d}A :|
ae{g}e{A}e {g}fe{A}ef {g}e{A}e {ag}a2| {ag}ae{g}e{A}e {g}fe{A}ef {g}ecB{G}B|
ae{g}e{A}e {g}fe{A}ef {g}e{A}e {ag}a2|{g}A{d}A{e}AB {gcd}c2 {g}ce{g}BG {g}A{d}A :|

The Famous Bridge

"The band Beolach does a great version of this on uilleann pipes

# Posted by ElliotI 4 years ago."

Just spotted this comment. No they didn’t. Ryan MacNeil from Beolach plays Scottish Border Pipes and not Uilleann Pipes.

A missed “a”

ceolachan, in your recent submission above you forgot the all important "a" at the start of bars 1, 2 & 3 of the 2nd part, this note is the only difference this part has from the 1st, so perhaps you just forgot to change that c before hitting the go button. Just goes to show how much difference a single note can make.

Thanks Solidmahog, appreciated, as I’m not as fully conscious as I’d preferred….

no worries ceol glad to be of service, and you sorted the ornament on the e/e/e out, it was needing that…. Great wee tune.

X: 3

Taking it down a step and going major…

I just need more beauty sleep. I’m getting to look rather ogre-ish lately… ;-)

An Drochaid Chliùteach (The Famous Bridge)

An Drochaid Chliùteach is Gaelic for ‘The Famous Bridge’. That is the correct name. allanmcd is correct also saying that it is from the East side of Benbecula. It is a humorous Gaelic song written by a witty local who was poking fun at the civil engineers who made a bit of a botch of building a section of the road, part of a causeway, out to the East side of Benbecula in the 50’s. It was first recorded by Iain MacDonald on Billy Jackson and Billy Ross’s CD ‘The Misty Mountain’ from 1984. It was incorrectly named ‘An Drochaid Luideach’ by the record company……the bridge isn’t ‘Luideach!’

An Drochaid Chliùteach (The Famous Bridge)

An Drochaid Chliùteach is Gaelic for ‘The Famous Bridge’. That is the correct name. allanmcd is correct also saying that it is from the East side of Benbecula. It is a humorous Gaelic song written by a witty local who was poking fun at the civil engineers who made a bit of a botch of building a section of the road, part of a causeway, out to the East side of Benbecula in the 50’s. It was first recorded by Iain MacDonald on Billy Jackson and Billy Ross’s CD ‘The Misty Mountain’ from 1984. It was incorrectly named ‘An Drochaid Luideach’ by the record company……the bridge isn’t ‘Luideach!’