The Old Woman’s Dance

By The Tannahill Weavers

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Tannahill Weavers - The Old Woman’s Dance

Fantastic early recording - I think their second album. Mike Ward tells me it was one of the very first albums to feature the big pipes. Whatever the case, its a great album with a highly amusing sleeve note and some great tunes and songs. I just picked this up in mint condition for a fiver. Well chuffed I am.

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Track 5

It took me over 20 years to find out, but the 2nd tune on Track 5, listed as “Traditional” is a hornpipe by PM Donald McLeod called “Jack Adrift”.
The “Irish Washerwoman” is not the well-known jig, but a piper’s hornpipe version. Piper on this album was Allan McLeod, last I heard he was in Vancouver.

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Track 5

I’ve been also searching for this title for years, thank to the previous comment I was able to find it in Donald McLeod book n. 5 purchased through the College of piping, and now I am happily playing it, it is a beautiful and briliiant tune.
Thank so much to Kenny for the information. I registered in this forum especially to thank him.

You’re very welcome, Robert. By a strange coincidence, I was in “Sandy Bell’s” pub in Edinburgh in July, and John Martin and Kevin McLeod started playing it, the first time I’ve ever heard it in a session, so the tune is making a comeback. I am curious about how the title came about, though. Does it say anything in the book ?

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Title track

The jig in the middle and end of “The Deil’s Awa’…” is the titular Old Woman’s Dance, another classic Donald MacLeod tune.

My CD has tracks 1 & 2 in a different order.

I believe Allan MacLeod did linger in Vancouver but eventually moved on to Calgary.

B#st##ds….

….“This video is private”.

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Happy Birthday to the “Tannahills” - celebrating 50 years as a band this year.
This is one of my favourite instrumental sets of all time [ Track #5 ] :

https://youtu.be/5D_wxliC0Yk

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That is some achievement! There are some great stories about the legendary Tammies, you’ll be aware of some crackers I’m sure Kenny.

Track 2 “Cam Ye O’er Fray France”

At the end of track 2, it seems like there is a very short slip jig, but it’s not listed here. Does anyone know what it might be, or if it is just another version of the original three-two?

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Thank you so much. Makes sense!

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Within track 8 (The Laird Of Cockpen) there is a tune which sounds similar to I Lost My LOVE
And I Care Not (last tune on Out Of The Wind Into The Sun by The Bothy Band).
This tune is not mentionerd here.

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Oh wow. Yes, you’re right, it does sound like I Lost My Love.

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Roy Gullane suggests for the tune after “The Laird O’Cockpen” the name “Bundle And Go”.
It is not mentioned on the cover.

The recording is from 1978.
The Bothy Band released their recording of “This is my love, do you like her?” on
Out Of The Wind Into The Sun in 1977.

I can imagine, the Tannies had been inspired by that.

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That would make sense about the tune name, since Bundle And Go is one of the alternative names of that tune’s page on here.