This is a march composed by Highland fiddler Donald R Riddell whose influence as a teacher is much in evidence today (Duncan Chisholm, Bruce MacGregor, Gregor Borland, Iain Macfarlane, Sarah-Jane Summers to name a few).
When it was published in his “Clunes Collection of Scots Fiddle Music” in 1986, it was written without any snaps; now, as a session tune in Scotland, it seems to have acquired many. I suspect it’s the influence of Duncan Chisholm who plays it that way, and on whose version I have based my transcription.
I had to learn the tune ten minutes before the end of a concert I was playing at last Friday, as it was a tune which was going to be played by all the artists at the end. I’m grateful to Sarah Northcott who patiently played it for me till I could manage to play along.
Is it possible that the tune “Wendel’s Wedding” on The Gift by Jerry Sullivan and attributed to Tony Cuffe is a rearrangement (the parts reversed, moved up to A and reharmonized) of this apparently earlier popular tune?
I’ve always liked “Wendel’s Wedding”- I may have to try something tying together the two.
What about a transcription here in the ‘comments’ ?
As I walked the mountain in the evening
The birds spoke to me sorrowfully,
The sweet snipe spoke and the voiceful curlew
Relating to me that my darling was dead.
from “Bean Sléibhe ag Caoineadh a Mhac”
(A Woman of The Mountain Keens Her Son)
by Padraic Pearse
“to attack a person or a person’s work with petulant or snide criticism, especially anonymously or from a safe distance” (this definition, from dictionary.com, would apply to many a member at thesession! 😉)