The Centenary Jewel
Seeing as this appears to be a bit of a dump and run a little background might be in order.
The tune is actually called The Centenary Jewel or Seud Nan Ceud Bliadhna. It was written by Phil Cunningham on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Mod and was used as the tv theme tune.
Despite not finding it when searching I can’t believe it was not already on here.
March not a strathspey
This is a march not a strathspey, although it’s understandable that listening to a Highland piper playing a 2/4 competition march one might think it’s a strathspey. Sometimes the only thing that differentiates a march from the strathspey and then the reel that follows is the tempo as Highland pipers tend to play each type of tune with the same cut/hold style. This is, I think, a style that has come out of competition playing and is therefore not designed for marching or walking or dancing.
Jewel Of A Hundred Years
I would imagine this is listed as a strathspey because there is no option for 2/4 march on this site. This is a perfectly good dance tune. you would do a canadian barn or highland schottiche dance to it.
And another thing…
If you listen to Phil Cunningham, the composer, play this tune there is no doubt about it being a march. It appears in his book of tunes, THE CUNNINGHAM COLLECTION, where it’s clearly written out as a 2/4 march, not a 4/4 strathspey.
Barn Dance, yes!
Right on, Bogman. I’ve heard Allan MacDonald play one competition march after another for Canadian Barn Dance/Highland Schottiche up tempo, round and lively. Great stuff!
I’ve never heard it played without cuts/snaps so I’ve added a version with them notated. I presume Phil wrote the tune with them in.