The Gold March: Transcribed from Conal O’Grada’s Cnoc Bui album
I was listening to Conal O’Grada’s Cnoc Bui album and heard the 2 tune set "The Gold and Silver Marches". I was enthralled by it and was determined to learn the set. I went in search of the tunes by name and could find no references anywhere. So I set to and have transcribed the first one from Conal’s playing. I have submitted portions of the abc to various databases including this site without success of finding it. So it seems to be unknown. Hence my submitting it here as a new tune.
If anyone can improve on my transcription please I would be greatly obliged.
Next job is the Silver March. The two make a great set.
thank you very much for this transcription….. i was intended to learn conal set, so you make this easier to me.
By another name!
I was recently informed that this tune is the "Gold and Silver" march. The second tune in the marches set played by Conal O’Grada on Cnoc Bui is the Siamsa March (not the silver as I had assumed.)
I’m pretty sure the second tune is Cutting Ferns, which is a Scottish/Cape Breton strathspey, but someone please correct me if I’m wrong.
Re: The Gold March
I looked this transcription over, and it’s full of mistakes. It also leaves out a lot of the subtleties of Conal’s playing. Here’s a more accurate transcription:
T: The Gold March
|DG|:B3d cBAF|G2B2 D2EF|G>F GB cBAG|(3FGA (3EGA D2dc|
B>c BA G2AB|cBcd e>g dc|BD (3GAB AD (3FGA|1G2GF GBDG:|2G2GF G2z||
|Bc|:d2Bd gdBd|c>B cdcA F2|G A/2B/2 cABGAF|D2 D>D D2 GF|
EC(3EFG c3 d|BGDG B3 B|BG (3Bcd AD (3FGA|1G2 G>F G2 Bc:|2G2 G>F G2||
Re: The Gold March
Sounds exactly like The Great Northern Bands March.
The Gold, X:2
This is an arrangement of The Gold March with accompanying parts (for which I’m responsible). The tune is taken from the Conal O’Grada version but I see that the comments under The Ballydesmond March on this site point ut that it’s essentially the same tune. Our band plays it with The Silver March.
The Gold, X:3
X:3 is Bill Thomas’s version in the comments above.