Cracking little slip jig. I think the title is something to do with cattle droving but would need a Gaelic speaker to confirm that.
Title in English
"Driving the Calves" in English, I think.
Looks like the northumbrian versions of a mile to ride.. See comments at https://thesession.org/tunes/4042
They must have driven their cattle all the way down to Northumbria- quite a way…
Or all the way up to the Highlands, actually
‘G Iomain Nan Gamhna
Could you inform us where you got your version please, iliketurtles?
Tending the steer,
with a heavy heart!
This tune appears in William Gunn’s collection of highland bagpipe tunes (1848); the third one on p 43.
Have a look at; http://www.ceolsean.net/content/Gunn/Gunn_TOC.html for links to the virtual 1st edition.
The titles appear both in Gàidhlig and English over the tunes, which are written with grace notes and repeats.
I picked it up piecemeal from various sessions around Edinburgh and the Highlands; the version seems almost identical to what Blazin’ Fiddles and Julie Fowlis play
NB the ABC shows GMaj where the pipers play A mixolydian 8using the same notation, drones sounding A). Nevertheless it turns out that playing this tune on a G drone is very appealing. A few notes (notably the c’s) might need to be changed to keep it wholly melodic.