Pibroch Of Donald Dhu jig

Also known as Black Donald, Black Donald The Piper, Black Donald’s Pipes, Domhnall Dubh, Domnall Dub, Domnall Dub An Piobaire, Domnall Dubh An Phiobaire, Domnall Dubh An Piobaire, Donald Dhu, Donuil Dubh, Locheil’s March, Lochiel’s March, Pibroch O’ Domnhall, Pibroch O’ Donal Dhu, The Pibroch O’ Donal Dhu, Pibroch O’ Donald Dhu, The Pibroch O’ Donald Dhu, Pibroch O’Donal Dhu, The Pibroch O’Donal Dhu, Pibroch O’Donnel Dubh, The Pibroch Of Black Donald, Pibroch Of Domhnall Dubh, The Pibroch Of Domhnall Dubh, The Pibroch Of Donald Dhu, Pibroch Of Donuil Dubh, The Pibroch Of Donuil Dubh.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

Pibroch Of Donald Dhu has been added to 48 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Pibroch Of Donald Dhu
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ecc fga|ecc cBA|ecc fga|ecA B2A|
ecc fga|ecc cBA|B2c def|ecA B2A:|
|:ecc fdd|ecc cBA|ecc fdd|ecA B2A|
ecc fdd|ecc cBA|B2c def|ecA B2A:|
|:e2e f2f|e2e cBA|e2e f2f|ecA B2A|
e2e f2f|e2e cBA|B2c def|ecA B2A:|
|:a2e a2f|a2e cBA|a2e a2f|ecA B2A|
a2e a2f|a2e cBA|B2c def|ecA B2A:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Pibroch Of Donald Dhu
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
c>AA d>ef | c>AA A2 F | c>AA d>ef | cA>F G2 F ||
c>AA d>BB | c>AA A2 F | GGA B>cd | cAF G2 F ||
f>cc f>dd | f>cc A2 F | GGA B>cd | cAF G2 F ||
ABC
X: 3
T: Pibroch Of Donald Dhu
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: dBB efg | dBB BAG | dBB efg | dBG A2 G |
dBB ecc | dBB BAG | A2 B cde | dBG A2 G :|
|: gdd gee | gdc BAG | gdd gee | dBG A2 G |
gdd gee | gdc BAG | A2 B cde | dBG A 2G :|
ABC
X: 4
T: Pibroch Of Donald Dhu
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d>BB e>fg | d>BB B>AG | d>BB e>fg | d<BG A2 G |
d>BB e>fg | d>BB B2 G | A2 B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
|: d>BB e>cc | d>BB B>AG | d>BB e>cc | d<BG A2 G |
d>BB e>cc | d>BB B2 G | AA/A/B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
|: d2 G e2 G | d2 G B>AG | d2 G eGe | d<BG A2 G |
d/e/d G e/f/e G | d/e/d G B>AG | A2 B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
|: g>dd g>ee | g>dd B>AG | g>dd g>ee | d<BG A2 G |
Gd/e/d ge/f/e | gd/d/d B2 G | AA/A/B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
ABC
X: 5
T: Pibroch Of Donald Dhu
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: e>cc f>ga | e>cc c>BA | e>cc f>ga | ec>A B2 A |
e>cc f>ga | e>cc c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
e>cc f>dd e>cc c>BA | e>cc f>dd | ec>A B2 A |
e>cc f>dd e>cc c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
|: e2 A f2 A | e2 A c>BA | e2 A f2 A | ec>A B2 A |
e2 A f2 A | e2 a c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
|: a>ee a>ff | a>ee c>BA | a>ee a>ff | ec>A B2 A |
a>ee a>ff | a>ee c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
Bar 4 ~ | e>cA B2 A | ~ Bar 8 ~ | e>cA B2 A :|
~ | e<cA B2 A | ~ or | ec>A B2 A | ~
ABC

Ten comments

I’ve never heard the Pibroch Of Donald Dhu played as a reel,always as a 6/8 march.The song "The Battle Of Bannockburn" is sung to the first and last parts.

High over Bannockburn, battle of no return.
Bruce ranked his Scottishmen all in good order.
Down on the other side - fifty divisions wide.
Edward had brought his men over the border.

Armoured from head to fist, glimpsed through the morning mist
Soldiers of Robert Bruce awaiting the order.
Down on the lower ground, trumpets and bugles sound
Edward of England had crossed over the border.

Proud was the English king, loud did his harpists sing.
Scatter the Scottishmen all in disorder,
‘Death’ shouted Robert Bruce, ‘Death ere we sign a truce.
Chase the sassenach back o’er the border’.

‘Now’ shouted Bruce the king ‘We’ll either die or win.
Into the enemy all in good order.
Freedom for Scotland and death to King Edward’s men.
Chase the sassenach back o’er the border’.

Face to face across the Bannockburn ;
Spears and swords are held in good order.
Lines of steel in waves begin to move,
Grim and steady to die for the border.

‘On them! On them!’ hear the Douglas shout.
‘Smash their ranks in utter disorder’.
Shields and spears and swords together clash.
Screams of death are heard o’er the border.

Slashing and clashing the Bannockburn flows with blood.
Horses and soldiers in mangled disorder.
Yelling and felling the grass is a gory red.
Out with the sassenach. Out o’er the border.

Freedom and right was the slogan of Robert Bruce.
Chains for the slaves shouted Edward of England.
Death to the sassenach, we’ll be free at last.
Chase the sassenach back o’er the border.
Chase the sassenach back o’er the border.

“Lochiel’s March” ~ knocking my head against the collections

I knew I knew this but couldn’t find it or pull it out in an acceptable manner from my memory. But it turns out what I had pulled together was pretty much OK. Then I was able to chase it up and here are some places where this tune can be found…

“Lochiel’s March” ~ 1867

"Howe’s 1,000 Jigs and Reels", 1867
In F Major and with just 3-parts, 4 measures each and without repeats:

M:6/8
L:1/8
R: March
K: F Major
c>AA d>ef | c>AA A2 F | c>AA d>ef | cA>F G2 F ||
c>AA d>BB | c>AA A2 F | GGA B>cd | cAF G2 F ||
f>cc f>dd | f>cc A2 F | GGA B>cd | cAF G2 F ||

“Black Donald the Piper” / “Domnall Dubh an Piobaire” ~ 1907

"O’Neill Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems", 1907
in G Major, 2-parts and repeating:

M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig (March)
K: G
|: dBB efg | dBB BAG | dBB efg | dBG A2 G |
dBB ecc | dBB BAG | A2 B cde | dBG A2 G :|
|: gdd gee | gdc BAG | gdd gee | dBG A2 G |
gdd gee | gdc BAG | A2 B cde | dBG A 2G :|

“Lochiel’s March” / “Black Donald the Piper” / “Domnall Dubh an Piobaire”

Alright, from memory, but mine keeps telling me there were 6 parts, but it isn’t giving up two more, so here goes, in keeping with what is already here, in this case in G, but I think I started playing it in A and then my brain segwayed into the lower key of G, one step down ~

K: G Major
|: d>BB e>fg | d>BB B>AG | d>BB e>fg | d<BG A2 G |
d>BB e>fg | d>BB B2 G | A2 B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
|: d>BB e>cc | d>BB B>AG | d>BB e>cc | d<BG A2 G |
d>BB e>cc | d>BB B2 G | AA/A/B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
|: d2 G e2 G | d2 G B>AG | d2 G eGe | d<BG A2 G |
d/e/d G e/f/e G | d/e/d G B>AG | A2 B c>de | dBG A2 G :|
|: g>dd g>ee | g>dd B>AG | g>dd g>ee | d<BG A2 G |
Gd/e/d ge/f/e | gd/d/d B2 G | AA/A/B c>de | dBG A2 G :|

“The Pibroch of Domhnall Dubh” ~ A Major

"Ceol na Fidhle: The Fiddle Music of the Scottish Highlands"
Volumes 1 & 2 combined ~ which includes chords & basic bowings
Compiled and arranged by Christine Martin
Published by Taigh na Teud / Harpstring House,
Volume 1 - 1985 & 2 - ‘88, combined 1998 / 2002
ISBN: 1-871931-320

Page 42: "The Pibroch of Domhnall Dubh"

Also available combined: Volumes 3 & 4 / Volumes 5 & 6

Taigh na Teud / Harpstring House:
http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/

I am impressed overall by their publications, nicely done…

Here for comparison with the others, being not always fully convinced by my own memory’s take on things, here it is in A Major:

K: A Major
|: e>cc f>ga | e>cc c>BA | e>cc f>ga | ec>A B2 A |
e>cc f>ga | e>cc c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
e>cc f>dd e>cc c>BA | e>cc f>dd | ec>A B2 A |
e>cc f>dd e>cc c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
|: e2 A f2 A | e2 A c>BA | e2 A f2 A | ec>A B2 A |
e2 A f2 A | e2 a c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|
|: a>ee a>ff | a>ee c>BA | a>ee a>ff | ec>A B2 A |
a>ee a>ff | a>ee c>BA | B2 c d>ef | ecA B2 A :|

By-the-book gives bars 4 & 8 differently, and consistently the same for all four parts ~

Bar 4 ~ | e>cA B2 A | ~ Bar 8 ~ | e>cA B2 A :|

As given by me, two examples of other interesting ways to interpret the rhythm on one beat, lengthening the second note of three ~

~ | e<cA B2 A | ~ or | ec>A B2 A | ~

2-Parts

Funny, I know this tune with 2, not 4 parts as well, both Mairi Rankin the the video of the previous comment along with this fiddler both play it with just two parts…maybe it’s a North American thing, only 2 parts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goROHGzHHnM


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The regimental march past of the now disbanded Seaforth Highlanders this is an old tune adopted by the military that makes a cracking jig when rounded out a bit and sped up. Ceolachan’s version X5 is the closest to the standard setting however the tune being an old pipe tune has Gnats not G# as it is written here. Only ever noted as four parts in the versions I’ve seen with a very slight variation in the repeated 4th part. I’m not sure what the extra 6 bars are at the end of X5 above but I have never heard them played. Otherwise it’s pretty much bang on.
PS I love the 2 part reel setting, I’d never heard that before.