T: The Heroes Of Kohima
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There is 1 recording of this tune.
The Heroes Of Kohima has been added to 10 tunebooks.
This isn’t really a jig, but a slow pipe march, simple and pleasant.
And where did you get it?
I was looking for music for Banjo Breakdown here:
Saw the name, liked it, tried it, liked the sound.
Do you really think that a "Military March of the United Kingdom" would be welcome at an Irish session ? Just curious.
Possibly not quite as unwelcome as it would be in a session in Tokyo.
Forgive me, but is such a charming display of high compression sphincters necessary?
>Do you really think that a "Military March of the United Kingdom" >would be welcome at an Irish session ? Just curious.
Seemingly not at yours. At the ones I attend, yes.
>Possibly not quite as unwelcome as it would be in a session in Tokyo.
Unraveling this one is somewhat difficult. I like the Japanese perfectly well.
The British too. Neither has a particularly good record in India - where Kohima is.
The tune is pleasant and quite Scottish to my poor ignorant ears.
Hector the Hero is often played at sessions, as well as the Athol
Highlanders - both Military pipe tunes as far as I can tell.
These are also here at TheSession
79th Farewell To Gibraltar
Need to get to work, but I could certainly find more.
I think I’ll simply conclude with WTF?
"Unraveling this one is somewhat difficult."
Why? The title is "The Heroes Of Kohima". It celebrates the British soldiers who were on the winning side in the Battle of Kohima in 1944. The Japanese lost and over 5000 were killed. Ergo, it is not really the kind of tune to play at a session in Tokyo. You might find your own sphincter compressed.
Why should I consider the Tokyo session difficult to respond too? It was an extreme over statement of the possible
"inappropriateness" of playing a pipe tune at a session in general. OK, yes you win, it might not be a good plan to
pull that particular pipe tune out at a session in Japan - Thanks for heads up, but I googled Kohima too and didn’t
see anything terribly wrong with its history.
So, short of that its fine tune to be played most most everywhere else - IMO.
Can I suggest "Tom Malone’s" in Miltown Malbay. And I’ll come and watch what happens next.
Well, my suggestion was as much a response to Kenny’s as it was a general remark about the tune. However:
"Hector the Hero is often played at sessions, as well as the Athol
Highlanders - both Military pipe tunes as far as I can tell."
Not true of the first tune. It was composed as a fiddle lament by Scott Skinner for Hector MacDonald who shot himself after he was accused of "playing" with some Sinhalese boys and found that a story of a pending court martial had reached the press. It was written with a bass part (‘cello most probably) and with a note to play the tune the first time an octave lower - thus rendering it out of range of the pipes.
It has subsequently been adopted by pipers - but it was not composed as "a military pipe tune".
Thanks for the info on HH. I knew vaguely the story of Hector MacDonald,
I didn’t know it was Skinner tune. This was quite useful:
So, OK scratch that one, replace with:
72nd Farewell To Aberdeen - more often played as
A Boy’s Lament for his Dragon
On a oddly related note, while searching for recordings of the above Farewell
I found the following which also contains the Greenwood Side march - which
I placed here a while back - yet a another bloody Military Pipe tune
72nd Farewell To Aberdeen/ Greenwood Side,
(In a very traditional public library setting 🙂