Magpiekate’s nine comments

  • Tried playing this at sessions in Oxford a few times, but no one knew it - so more often I used to play this in a field with some cows, or by the river on bright, windy days. It's still one of my favorites. 🙂 Pairs well with Myra's reel: both have the fu... more…

  • I like to add blues to the B section by stratigically substituting C naturals for C sharps. Would definitely recommend, esp. in parternship with manifold double stops. more…

  • The Decision

    Wrote this this morning. If it sounds like I mighta stole something, please do let me know, cause it's most definitely an accident. more…

  • Just to clear it up a bit…

    This transcription is what I learned second-hand from a French friend of mine. If you know what bars 5 and 6 should really be, please post a correction. Thanks! more…

  • Both Sides The Tweed

    There are only a few ornaments marked in the sheet music, but the charm in this tune comes out when you add additional ornamentation. I learned it as a lament, and so whenever I play it I add ornaments that sound like sobs. I also vary the length of notes... more…

  • Quick notes about MAGPIEKATE’s setting

    1) |d(3e/d/c/ec dAAA| (measure 5) can also be used as the first measure of the repeat of the A section. more…

  • Another exericse

    A variation on the final measure of the four-bar phrase, used in the version on Dance of the Celts is as follows, with part 6 as the base: more…

  • There is an absolutely stunning recording of this done by Tabache, as the opening of their Creig's Pipes set. It's on the CD Celtic Dance, and it's worth buying the CD for. They take the low D's that punctuate the A section up an octave, which gives it a ... more…

  • Used in 2005 Pride and Prejudice

    This song is also used in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice - on the soundtrack, it is called "Merriton Hall" as it is the most memorable song played at that dance. It's a lovely, spry tune, and so perfect for dancing! more…