Hammurabi’s six comments

  • Inion Ni Scannlain

    This tune appears on Lunasa's 2001 recording, Merry Sisters of Fate, and is written by Donogh Hennessy, who plays guitar and whistles with that band. It is, however, written in Eb major, not G major as is reported here. more…

  • Re: The Reel with the Birl

    As a sidenote to the sidenote, if you want to be idiomatic, you'll play birls only onto low A--that's the only place you can do the movement on highland pipes. A birl proper is a gracing consisting of low G, low A, low G, and then your low A note. It is s... more…

  • In and Out the Harbor

    I saw the other tune a while ago and realized that I knew a very different tune. Went to check it with my teacher to make sure I wasn't misremembering title rather than tune; I was right. more…

  • Re: Submitting recordings etc

    Regarding tune naming: there are, at least in Scottish tradition, sometimes tunes (and dances!) that call themselves one sort of tune and are in fact another. So you get jigs that are really reels, reels more…

  • Re: Types of tunes

    For notating strathspeys, you can do the cuts fairly easily in ABC as long as the complete note pair comes out to something whole. more…

  • Fun with the dancers

    We like to perform our barmaid for Scottish Country Dancers. It's always fun to watch them dancing, and see who's paying attention to the music. We usually get a few odd grins in the B part. For concerts, play with the articulation you place on the first ... more…