The Coach House reel

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Coach House has been added to 13 tunebooks.

Download ABC

One setting

X: 1
T: The Coach House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:AeeA eeAe|eAeA dddA|AeeA eeAB|gedB AAAB:|
|:AaaA g2 Aa|aA g2 edde|AaaA g2 Aa|aAdB AAAB:|

Ten comments

The Coach House

This is a traditional tune, according to fiddler Duncan Chisholm. It’s been recorded by the Tannahill Weavers, and more recently, Wolfstone. It’s a tricky tune, what with the Aa / aA octave leaps - persevere! I think it sounds great fast c. 170 bpm, a little less so at a slower tempo. It’s unusually pentatonic, missing out the 3rd (C) and 6th (F) degrees of the scale, so it could potentially be dorian or mix, but I think that A minor is best used in the circumstances. I’m happy to adhere to any future wisdom.

Looks like a GHB tune - Not tricky on pipes at all!

Maybe it was just me, though it’s easy enough now.

No -I meant not tricky on the GHB.It is tricky on the whistle because of the octave leaps . It does sound typical of old GHB tunes.

Excellent pentatonic tune! (no 3rd, no 6th)
These 6 notes only (less is more) give it great clout and drive!

But depending on what instrument you play, what you’re used to play, and how you play, it will appear either tricky or not:
For example, if you tap your foot when you play, there will be a fair bit of polyrhythmy going on in the 2d part, which can throw a beginner. Also, memorising it might be difficult if you tend to rely on melody more than rhythm (this is almost like a drumming piece for the pipes!)

‘no 3rd, no 6th’: oops, sorry for repeating comment (not paying attention)!

As for dor/mixol alternative, I think it’s how one hears these things: In this-here case, you could easily morph or vary the tune using the ‘blues’ (no 2d, no 6th) scale or use the rarer "no 2d, no 6th mixolydian" version of it.

Re: The Coach House

I have a note that this tune was written by Alan MacLeod, the piper of the Tannahill Weavers at the time. My copy of the LP is in the attic, so I’ll try to summon the courage to go up and confirm this later today…

Re: The Coach House

Hey Nigel, are you still in the attic?
Or still summoning up the courage?
It would be nice to have that confirmed.

I know some old trad tunes can be rather funky, especially Hebridean or Scottish pipe ones but this one sounds quite radical to me to simply be traditional?
On the album Passage, this track sounds almost like a demo. The whole set, recorded in 1983, was probably meant to induct trad Scottish music in the hall of fame of Rock ‘n’ roll!?
Alan MacLeod is packing 544 quavers per minute on that one (viz. just over 9 per second -or 10 per sec. if the cuts are included!) Tod MacLeod is doin’ fine on the drum kit but the pipe definitely steals the show on a melody poised to sound modern, a good match for the pneumatic
drill! There’s a smell of gasoline -rather than horse dung- hanging around this Coach House Reel.
Both an exercise in bravura and bravado.

…the fact the tune seems to have been recorded only once* (according to this website) also seems to point away from a trad tune.
*funnily enough, since it is such a remarkable one.
Unfortunately my pirated cassette tape copy of this album (!) says nothing of the composer…

Re: The Coach House

Sleeve notes: "The pipe tune which begins this track [The Coach House] was written by Alan [MacLeod] in dedication to his local hostelry in Balfron."

Yes, BB, I’ve been in the attic for a year, searching, searching, searching.