israelpiper’s six comments

  • Definitely known in the Highland piping world as a slow air. Can be ok, or outstandingly expressive, if the musician can discover the melody at the deepest levels. A popular 6/8 version in the piping world misleads the piper. more…

  • Pipe tune setting-inspired, or from the song?

    This is the same as the popular pipe tune adaptation of the same name? Interesting as it seems to follow the bagpipe adaptation rather than the older singing versions. Even on the pipes, tere are two different versions of the second part. more…

  • Earlier versions

    Famous Highland and smallpiper Jim McGillivray of Ontario plays the early 18th century version, which has eight or ten parts, and the Highland pipe version. more…

  • Atholl jig

    This is indeed as pipish as the Pipe in Rhum. A regimental classic, too. I have played this with Irish groups, without prior rehersal, and it works well. Only the jig version is rounded (but not 100%), of course, Highland pipe marches being heavily po... more…

  • Pointing Joe McGann’s Fiddle

    This is a purpose-built Highland pipe tune. The notes in the version here are unpointed, which makes connecting notes as significant as major melody notes. For those who don't know the Highland bagpipe hornpipe idiom, this destroys the tune! more…

  • Original Version

    Since this tune is not that old, and Scotsman Neil Dickie is quite alive and well in Alberta, Canada, it might be noted that this is a Six-Part Highland Pipe-tune, and it is published in one of his music collections. There is a Highland embellishment whi... more…