Pat O’Connor has chimed in recently on several threads, after frisbee (if I’m not mistaken) mentioned him as a fiddler who ought to be more widely known for his wonderful playing. Couldn’t agree more. So I looked up some clips on YouTube of him playing a house concert with Claire Keville (on concertina) and found this lovely setting of The Butcher’s March. They pair it with an equally tasty setting of Hag at the Churn (starting with Hag and going into Butcher’s).
T: Butcher’s March, The
S: Playing of Pat O’Connor and Claire Keville, Youtube video of a house concert
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The Butcher’s March dance instructions
Does anyone know where I can find the dance instructions for "The Butcher’s March?" Any information would be greatly appreciated, thankyou.
This is as played by Natalie MacMaster on her album, Cape Breton Girl, 2011.
Joe, perhaps your post should be added to the notes for the above rather than as a seperate entry
Good point, It’s not a common tune here in Cape Breton. I’ve never heard of the other name for it.
The video posted above of Pat O’Connor playing is not "The Butcher’s March", although that is what he calls it. The tune he plays is another great tune called "The Hag’s Purse". As far as I can make out he is the only person calling it the Butcher’s March though on the video he says he got it from the Tulla Ceili Band.
The Butcher’s Fancy, X:4
As played by Emmet Gill on NPU’s beginner pipes tutor video for ‘Butcher’s March’.
Re: The Butcher’s Fancy
@niall_kenny Hopefully not to add confusion, but on the Tulla Ceili Band 50th Anniversary album, there is a set titled
The Butcher’s Jig/Lark’s March/Gander at the Pratie Jigs
What they play under the title Butcher’s Jig appears to be The Hag’s Purse.
What they play under the title Lark’s March is The Butcher’s Fancy or the Butcher’s Jig.
That may be the source of the confusion.
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