Dunnock’s fifteen comments

  • Re: Ned Of The Hill

    My favourite recording of this song (in English) is by Cathie Ryan (ex- Cherish the Ladies) on her eponymous first solo album (Shannachie 78008, 1997) and features some nice Uillean pipes from, I believe, Jerry O'Sullivan. more…

  • Composer

    Composed by Scots fiddler Gordon Gunn - and that's all I know about it! Except that I like playing it on whistle with our Ceilidh band. more…

  • Life

    I have a life. more…

  • The Transcription

    I did this thing entirely by hand, listening to the Rallion CD. I don't have any music software, it's just typed into a text editor and then I run an abc viewer (abcm2ps on my Linux system, to be technical) which creates a postscript file that I then vi... more…

  • Strathspey

    As suggested, I've re-entered this as a strathspey (though I find it less easy to sight-read!) . The 1st and 2nd time bars do display correctly now both on my system and on Convert-A-Matic (contrary to appearances, I have done this all by long-hand!!) more…

  • Provenance

    A slow air (sorry, not a polka at all!) by Andrew Lyons of scots band Rallion. I think it should be written/played in 2/4 (but I'm not a great transcriber!) and some of the dotted quavers should be played as snaps. Taken from their album "For No One and... more…

  • Balquhidder Lasses: composer and modal structure

    I have seen the tune credited to Alfred Moffat, and also with key signature of G/Emi (so that C naturals are played instead of the C sharps as given). Anyone care to comment on the modality of the tune? more…

  • Baquhidder Lasses: tempo

    Not an irish reel, this should be scored with L=4 rather than L=8 ie crotchets and quavers not quavers and semi-quavers. more…

  • Re: What can music sessions teach us about conversation?

    Er, sometimes it seems people are just waiting for a tune to end so they can start playing their one. Yes, just like conversations, some people aren't listening! more…

  • Re: Great music

    O'Carolan tunes are pretty good for this - many make good guitar solos as well. more…