Please note that the composer Stuart Morison has requested that the publisher of the tune Bug Music should be added to the ABCs. I was unable to do this due to the restrictions in the submission process, but hope that this comment will be satisfacory instead - please add the publishers name if you use the tune in any other way.
My apologies for taking so long to post this tune after Stuart kindly gave his permission. My ABC skills are a bit limited, however the version posted is what I hear - it would be interesting to have any comments or corretions you might have Stuart. I think the tune may actually be in F#m rather than A but this key choice wasn’t available.
Sorry - corrections
I have submitted the tune as a hornpipe as I think it has a bouncy feel to it, however it was played briskly at reel pace on the Tannahill Weavers recording.
The story behind the tune …
Just in case anyone isn’t sure, a Lum is an old Scots word for a chimney !
Anyway, I wrote the tune at roughly the same time as one of my other tunes - Maggie’s Pancakes. It was written during the time I was staying in the late Citty Finlayson’s house in Newport, Fife. Part of the house had a great room for playing fiddle in and the first time I used it I lit a fire in the quaint old fireplace. Of course Citty had neglected to warn me that the lum in there hadn’t been swept for years and so my fire produced more smoke that flames, most of which somehow managed to stay in the room !
Thanks for posting the tune stoneboy . It was written as a reel, though I can see how it may be interpreted in Hornpipe style. You’ve pretty much got the notes right. Thanks for your interest.
Check out Maggie’s Pancakes at http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1316
Another birrilliant, smashin, giant tune from smorison. How does he do it?!!
I just heard someone playing this song in Texas and was trying to learn it by ear (what a task that was!). Quite fun to learn. However, it was played in the key of A minor, rather than B dorian. The first measure goes down to a G natural as written but in the key of A minor, the player jumps up to F then back down to A.
I listened to a snippet of it here:
It’s clearly an Amix Reel played AABB. I posted it here as such - easier to read and play that way,
but identical to the original with the exception of the pick-up notes which simplify the repeats.
Clearly Amix? Sounds clearly Bmin to me.
Doh! Its Bmin
Same key signature - I was on auto pilot when I did that without thinking about
what the tune sounded like (or noting the ending notes). I assumed that flatted G#
meant Amix since it was original written out in Amaj with G nats. Sorry!