Hats off to Niall Kenny, a flute player from Edinburgh. He’s written a tune that has since been incorporated into the traditional reportoire, much like Calliope House or The Green Fields Of Glentown.
This is a tricky one to play. Take it slow at first to get the hang of the unusual rhythm. That last part takes a lot of practice before it "clicks".
For variation, try putting in some pauses.
Once you can play this tune you can start telling all your friends that you play "World Music" now :)
Trip to Pakistan
I played at a session with Niall when he was visiting the North of Ireland perhaps 10 years ago. At some point I launched into this tune completely unaware that he was the composer. He was quite taken aback, but delighted that I knew it and that his tune had been absorbed into the repertoire.
The Trip To Pakistan
I heard this on a recent trip to Glasgow in the Ben Nevis, played in a set with a tune, I think, called Hogside - maybe a Phil Cunningham composition.
Any one got the dots for this?
This is another tune that irritates me enough to want to pour cold beer down the back of whoever starts it. The tune begins okay but then it just fizzles out and goes nowhere. It’s that last part that does it I think.
I love this tune- the 3rd part has very cool rhythms. It’s definitely worthy of its status in the traditional repertoire (in my opinion).
Trip to Pakistan
I do like this tune. The third part is particularly nice and I think you are over-reacting a little Dow but I agree it does seem to fizzle away or at least I reckon there should be a 4th part to it. Are you meant to play the second part again?
Okay maybe I wouldn’t pour cold beer down their back - that’d be a waste of beer ;-)
So how about writing a fourth part yourself or rewrite the end. I’d be interested to see how you would change it. Please!!!
I feel bad now so I want to make it clear that I think the 1st 2 parts are ok. I just find myself wanting a change of mode towards the end instead of that 3rd part, like maybe to a Gmaj base or something to allow the pipers to play with their low D, whilst throwing in some hooks form the 1st 2 parts. Off the top of my head:
|:Bc|~d3e dcBd|c2cA BGGF|EGBG ~c3d|BAGB A2:|
or D based?:
|:GE|DAAG ~A2cA|~B2dB ceGB|DAAG ABcA|BdcB A2:|
and then back into the 1st part GF|EGBE ~G3B…
This great tune appears in the "unicorn set" on https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/54
I love to play this leading into Michael Ferry’s (https://thesession.org/tunes/767 - as a flute player, I prefer the Gary Shannon interpretation of that tune in Em ).
It’s great fun to hit those off beat bottom notes and make them honk on the flute to create a great syncopation, or raise some of the notes in the last part an octave to create a variation. A great tune.
I wrote the tune more in the Breton style rather than as a reel, and I know it is played this way by the Breton pipe bands. I think the Tannahill Weaver’s version is closer to how it was written, but then I did share a flat with John Martin for a number of years.
Fit like, min ?
Hi , Niall - glad you found us. Welcome to "the session". Did you know that Kevin Krell’s trying to get in touch with you ? Probably something to do with "Wooden Flute Obsession 4" unless I’m much mistaken, and no better man than your good self !
Didn’t the Kildares play this tune?
A Youtube video has appeared of Niall Kenny playing at the Edinburgh Folk Club; the Trip to Pakistan is the last tune in the second set
Sorry forgot to put in the link:
And now for something completely different!
Move over West (Britanny), go East everyone! perhaps not as far as Pakistan but if you turn all the f# into f natural and sharpen the g’s in this tune, you’ll get a nice eastern surprise.
To Nial Kelly
You are correct, the first part sounds very much like a Breton tune (due to the long notes), but the 2nd and 3rd parts sounds more Scottish of Irish. This tune has been adopted here in Paris for a couple of years.
All the best,
Sorry, I meant "to Niall Kenny", I failed the double check, shame on me..
groovy use of a limited range of notes
Is her tune "To the Tequila Bar" basically an adaptation of this?
The structure of this tune (short 3-measure parts playes twice) is very much like a fling.
Did I say 3? I wanted to say 4. 4 measures …
Thanks for writing this tune! I learned it from Brian Finnegan at Boxwood Festival in Nova Scotia in 2008, where it is now a standard at sessions. We also play it at my session here in Halifax. I enjoy its 3-part structure - there are plenty of other good tunes with 3 sections - and the syncopation of the 3rd section is great. I performed it yesterday at a recital (giving you credit of course), and a woman who just moved here from Scotland told me she plays it on her celtic harp.
Trip to Pakistan
I was inadvertently looking for a quick download of this tune..I know it fine..and I know Niall … But had to abandon my quest as it is written WRONG. There is a whole beat missed out on the 2nd bar …2 notes.and another few here and there!! I wrote it out on Sibelius myself….but I just want to bring this to people’s attention….
I’d query some of the actual notes in the submission, but there’s nothing missing. Listen to the midi.
Please post us your "correct" version.
Adding another beat to the second bar would put it in 5/4. I don’t think so.
“The Trip to Pakistan” - rescued duplication
Submitted on October 19th 2011 by Nanoune.
T: Trip To Pakistan, The
|: BdfB d3 f | e3 d cdec | BdfB d3 f |[1 edcd B4 :|[2 edcd B2 BA :|
|: BdfB g3 e | f3 a fefd|BdfB g3 e |[1 fedf e4 :|[2 fedf e2 a2 :|
|: cdfc dfdc | BcdB cdcB | AceA ceAe |[1 edcd B4 :|[2 edcd B2 BA :|
This is the version of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (album "In The Moment").
# Posted on October 19th 2011 by Nanoune
The whole tune, in E, is played between the octave D-d, giving the impression its range is reduced to a 7th.
For similarly short ambituses in ITM, see: Loch Altan https://thesession.org/tunes/4255
sounds like a soundtrack of a B-Movie set in the desert somewhere ;-)
To NeilC - Garry Shannon’ interpretation
I just discovered this tune with a video f Brian Finnegan where he speaks about breath control :
I was looking for different interpretation, but I couldn’t find the one by Garry Sannon…
If anyone knows where to find, I would appreciate some help !
I always thought this tune needed a high 4th part, now it has one.
Which of the 6 versions included here (so far) is closest to the original (or the one most played in sessions)?
Trip to pakistan
Does anyone know who trip to Pakistan was written by?
Re: Trip to pakistan
Niall Kenny, a flute player from Edinburgh.
Sylvie, you should learn to navigate this site—the information is easy to find in the comments below the tune entry. Lots of great reading in the comments, truly. Check it out!
Or you could try this:
Re: Trip to pakistan
Question for Niall
I was once sitting in The Green Tree in the Cowgate when we played this, and the girl sitting next to me said it was written for her. We ended up playing at her wedding, but I can’t remember her name. Niall?
Thank you, Niall Kenny, for the tune
and prouse, for the video of the composer playing his version, among other tunes we play at our local session. It’s very useful for us and a few pipers we’ll play with…