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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Re: The Old Woman’s Dance

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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Re: The Old Woman’s Dance

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