Malcolm Johnston reel

Also known as Calum Johnston, Malcolm Johnstone, Malcom Johnstone.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Malcolm Johnston has been added to 1 tune set.

Malcolm Johnston has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Malcolm Johnston
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AAAB AAAB|GGGA BBGB|AAAB AAAB|egBd eedB:|
BBef gagf|dBGA B/B/B GA|Beef gagf|egBd eedB|
BBef gagf|egGA B/B/B g2|fgaf gfea|edBd e2a2||
|:A/A/A A2 GAAB|BGGA BBGB|A/A/A A2 GAAB|eeAB eedB:|
eeef gBAB|dBGA B/B/B GB|eeef gBAB|eeAB eedB|
eeef gBAB|dBGA B/B/B g2|fgaf gfea|edBd e2a2|]
X: 2
T: Malcolm Johnston
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:dB|AAAB AAAB|GGGA B2EG|AAAB A2AB|egBd e2:|
zA|Beef ggge|dBGA B2GB|Beef gggf|feed e2zA|
Beef ggge|dBGA B2e/f/g|aaab gffe|edBd a3z|]
|:GAA<A EAAB|BGGA B2EG|GAA<A EAAB|eAAB [1e2dB [2e2z:|
B|edef gBGB|dBGB B<BGB|edef gBGB|eAAB e2dB|
edef gBGB|dBGB B<BB2e/f/g|a2zb gffe|edB/c/d e3z|]

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Namesake

This tune is named after Calum Johnston who was a piper, folklorist and Gaelic singer. He and his sister Annie were significant sources during the movement by the likes of Hamish Henderson to record the tradition.

Composition credits have been given to Roddy Campbell, himself a piper and singer as well as a relative of Calum and Annie Johnston.

The setting posted is taken from the Daimh album Diversions. There is a tune of the same name said to be in P/M Willie Ross’ collection but I don’t have the book so can’t say if they are the same tune.

Fred Morrison recorded the tune on low whistle on his Up South album. Fred used the range of the whistle to the advantage of the tune. Here is a rough transcription.

X:1
T:Malcolm Johnston
C:Roddy Campbell/Arr. Fred Morrison
R:Reel
M:C|
L:1/8
K:Ador
|:dB|AAAB AAAB|GGGA B2EG|AAAB A2AB|egBd e2:|
zA|Beef ggge|dBGA B2GB|Beef gggf|feed e2zA|
Beef ggge|dBGA B2e/f/g|aaab gffe|edBd a3z|]
|:GAA<A EAAB|BGGA B2EG|GAA<A EAAB|eAAB [1e2dB [2e2z:|
B|edef gBGB|dBGB B<BGB|edef gBGB|eAAB e2dB|
edef gBGB|dBGB B<BB2e/f/g|a2zb gffe|edB/c/d e3z|]