Bob Parsons’s twenty comments

  • Re: Jean’s

    Nothing to do with the music but "Jean" was Bobby MacLeod's wife. more…

  • Re: Lochanside

    I know Lochanside as a 3/4 Retreat March, composed by P/M John MacLellan of Dunoon. The Battle of the Somme is also a Retreat March, composed by P/M Willie Lawrie of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died in 1916, aged 35. He died, as many did ... more…

  • Re: Mrs. MacPherson Of Cluny

    I play every year for the England and Wales Branch of the Clan Macpherson Association and the lower case p is the conventional spelling and it is how the current Macpherson of Cluny spells it. The upper case P is incorrect but it seems to be used in ever... more…

  • Re: The Sally Gardens

    Many song/tune titles can be quite mysterious - even impenetrable sometimes - but a sally garden is a willow plantation (genus Salix). Bit of educated slang. more…

  • Re: Wild Geese

    "The Wild Geese" (Jacobite merceneries who fought in the 18th Century in the low countries - now Holland/Belgium) is a dance title and, as often happens, tune and dance seem to have become confused. The tune predates the dance and is as above, but it is ... more…

  • Re: Tam Lin

    Very late into this one. I used to play this tune with Ian Lowthian about 20 years ago. I knew it was by Davey Arthur and know it as "Tam Lin" which (rightly or wrongly) was said to be a corruption of Tamberlaine. Not sure about the "Glasgow Reel" but ... more…

  • Re: Wee Tod

    Sorry, missed this one until just now. P/M Angus MacAulay (1902-1995) is the one who composed "Wee Tod (or Tot - see above)" some 20 years after Angus MacAuley died. more…

  • Re: The Polished Turd

    Who is the composer? It has to be a modern tune. For those of you who have more than a passing interest in audio (professional and domestic) "you can't polish a turd" is a saying I associate with the great Ken Kessler (mostly in Hi-fi News and Record Re... more…

  • Wee Tod

    Not sure how my comment on "The Remerts of Herford" came under the "Wee Tod" heading. Wee Tod (originally "Wee Tot") was a pipe jig, composed by P/M Angus MacAuley to celebrate the birth of a grandchild. Nothing to do with foxes and many think (understa... more…

  • The Barren Rocks of Aden

    Very adaptable tune, more 4/4 than 2/4 in its original form as a pipe march which commemorates a tour of duty in Aden (now Yemen). Often played as a reel but also, without the swing of a march or a reel, as an Irish polka. more…