Maurice Duncan’s Trip To Ballycastle hornpipe

Also known as Maurice Duncan’s March To Ballycastle.

Maurice Duncan's Trip To Ballycastle has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Maurice Duncan's Trip To Ballycastle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FA FE D2dc | Bd Gd A2 DE | FD FA AB AG | F2 E2 E2 DE |
FA FE D2dc | Bd Gd A2 DE | FA Bd FA EF |1 D2 DE D2 DE :|2 D2 DE D2 dc||
|: B2 BA Bc dc | BA AB AF DE | FD FA AB AG | FE EF E2 dc |
B2 BA Bc dc | BA AB AF DE | FA Bd FA EF |1 D2 DE D2 dc:|2 D2 DE D2 DE||
|:FA DA FA DA | GA BA FA DE | FD FA AB AG | FE EF EF DE |
FA DA FA DA | GA BA FA DE | FA Bd FA EF |1 D2 DE D2 DE:|2 D2 DE D2 dc||
Bd Gd Bd Gd | Ad Fd Ad Fd | DE FA AB AG | FE EF E2 dc |
Bd Gd Bd Gd | Ad Fd Ad Fd | DE FA FA EF | D2 DE D2 dc |
Bd Gd Bd Gd | Ad Fd Ad Fd | DE FA AB AG | FE EF E2 DE |
FA EF DE FA | GA Bc dA Bd | Ad Fd GB AG | F2 D2 D4||

Forty-six comments

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle

N.B. This is a March!

When well known Scots Fiddler Maurice Duncan from Oban, came for a holiday to Ballycastle in September of 2012, he made such an impression on the local musicians, that I felt compelled to compose this wee March in honour of his visit.

This is another tune that came to me, while playing my Nyckelharpa. However, I play it here, on my Fiddle, Mandolin, Nyckelharpa & English Concertina.

The House of Mcdonnell, Ballycastle:
http://houseofmcdonnell.blogspot.co.uk/

Cheers,
Dick

Thanks for posting, I’ll do my best to get it played around Oban.

Good man Bagpie ~ thanks. :-D

Pipe versions

Hi Dick

Here are a few versions of the dots as a 2/4 march. I know there’s been some debate over the merit of writing out marches like this but it’s what I’m used to. There were a few wee differences in both videos and your dots so these are a bit of a mashup. Let me know if there are any glaring mistakes.

X:1 is taken mostly from the first video
X:2 is the same version transposed up to A for pipes with a G#
X:3 has the G# as naturals for pipes without a G#
X:4 has the G# replaced with other notes for pipes without a G# but creating the illusion of Amaj

I love it and aim to persuade my ceilidh band to play the tune :)

Stephen

X:1
T:Maurice Duncan’s Trip To Ballycastle
T:Original
C:Dick Glasgow
M:2/4
L:1/16
Q:1/4=80
R:march
K:Dmaj
D>E|: F<AF>E D2d>c | B>dG<B A2D>E | F<DF>A B<dA>F | F<EE>F E2D>E |
F<AF>E D2d>c | B<dG>B A2D>E | F>AB<d F<AE>F |1 D2D>E D2D>E :|2 D2D>E D2d>c ||
B2B>A B>cd>c | B<AA>B A2F2 | D>FA>d B<AF<D | F<EE>F E2d>c |
B2B>A B>cd>c | B<AA>B A2F2 | D>FA<d F<AE>F |1 D2D>E D2d>c :|2 D2D>E D2D>E ||
|: F<AD>A F>AD2 | G>AB>A F2D>E | F<DF>A B<dA>F | F<EE>F E2D>E |
F<AD>A F>AD2 | G>AB>A F2D>E | F>AB<d F<AE>F |1 D2D>E D2D>E:|2 D2D>E D2d>c ||
B<dG>d B<dG>d | A<dF>d A<dF2 | D>EF>A B<dA>F | F<EE>F E2d>c |
B<dG>d B<dG>d | A<dF>d A<dF2 | D>EF>A F<AE>F | D2D>E D2dc |
B<dG>d B<dG>d | A<dF>d A<dF2 | D>EF>A B<dA>F | F<EE>F E2D>E |
F>AE<F D>EF>D | G>AB>c d2A<d | F<dD2 G>BA>G | F2D2 D4 ||

X:2
T:Maurice Duncan’s Trip To Ballycastle
T:Transposed to A
C:Dick Glasgow
M:2/4
L:1/16
Q:1/4=80
R:march
K:Amaj
A>B|: c<ec>B A2a>g | f>ad<f e2A>B | c<Ac>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c<ec>B A2a>g | f<ad>f e2A>B | c>ef<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2A>B :|2 A2A>B A2a>g ||
f2f>e f>ga>g | f<ee>f e2c2 | A>ce>a f<ec<A | c<BB>c B2a>g |
f2f>e f>ga>g | f<ee>f e2c2 | A>ce<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2a>g :|2 A2A>B A2A>B ||
|: c<eA>e c>eA2 | d>ef>e c2A>B | c<Ac>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c<eA>e c>eA2 | d>ef>e c2A>B | c>ef<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2A>B:|2 A2A>B A2a>g ||
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2a>g |
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e c<eB>c | A2A>B A2ag |
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c>eB<c A>Bc>A | d>ef>g a2e<a | c<aA2 d>fe>d | c2A2 A4 ||

X:3
T:Maurice Duncan’s Trip To Ballycastle
T:Transposed to A with G naturals
C:Dick Glasgow
M:2/4
L:1/16
Q:1/4=80
R:march
K:Amix
A>B|: c<ec>B A2a>g | f>ad<f e2A>B | c<Ac>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c<ec>B A2a>g | f<ad>f e2A>B | c>ef<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2A>B :|2 A2A>B A2a>g ||
f2f>e f>ga>g | f<ee>f e2c2 | A>ce>a f<ec<A | c<BB>c B2a>g |
f2f>e f>ga>g | f<ee>f e2c2 | A>ce<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2a>g :|2 A2A>B A2A>B ||
|: c<eA>e c>eA2 | d>ef>e c2A>B | c<Ac>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c<eA>e c>eA2 | d>ef>e c2A>B | c>ef<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2A>B:|2 A2A>B A2a>g ||
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2a>g |
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e c<eB>c | A2A>B A2ag |
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c>eB<c A>Bc>A | d>ef>g a2e<a | c<aA2 d>fe>d | c2A2 A4 ||

X:4
T:Maurice Duncan’s Trip To Ballycastle
T:Transposed to A with Gs replaced
C:Dick Glasgow
M:2/4
L:1/16
Q:1/4=80
R:march
K:Amaj
A>B|: c<ec>B A2a>e | f>ad<f e2A>B | c<Ac>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c<ec>B A2a>e | f<ad>f e2A>B | c>ef<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2A>B :|2 A2A>B A2a>g ||
f2f>e f>da>d | f<ee>f e2c2 | A>ce>a f<ec<A | c<BB>c B2a>e |
f2f>e f>da>d | f<ee>f e2c2 | A>ce<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2a>e :|2 A2A>B A2A>B ||
|: c<eA>e c>eA2 | d>ef>e c2A>B | c<Ac>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c<eA>e c>eA2 | d>ef>e c2A>B | c>ef<a c<eB>c |1 A2A>B A2A>B:|2 A2A>B A2a>e ||
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2a>e |
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e c<eB>c | A2A>B A2ae |
f<ad>a f<ad>a | e<ac>a e<ac2 | A>Bc>e f<ae>c | c<BB>c B2A>B |
c>eB<c A>Bc>A | d>ef>d a2e<a | c<aA2 d>fe>d | c2A2 A4 ||

Rogue G in X:4

At the end of first part, should have been an e

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle!

Wow! Stephen, you have been busy. :-D
I’m only in from the session & am just heading off to bed right now, but I’ll have fun checking these out tomorrow.
I’m really looking forward to hearing this tune being played on the Pipes.
Cheers,
Dick

Maurice Duncan’s Trip to Ballycastle

I’ll try to knock a recording together sometime soon.

I definitely fancy popping over to Ballycastle on the Kintyre Express some time for a weekend of tunes. It’s been many years since I was last in Antrim, maybe 16. I used to live in Sligo and if I was travelling between Oban and Sligo, and in no rush, I would sometimes take the coastal route, stopping in Antrim, Derry and Donegal for tunes on the way.

Since bagpie has started this, here’s another take on it ~

X: 6
T: Maurice Duncan’s March To Ballycastle
C: Dick Glasgow
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
|: D>E |\
FA G/F/E D2 d>c | B/c/d Gd A2 D>E | FD FA BA GF | FE EF EF/E/ D>E |
FA FE D2 d>c | Bd Gd AB/A/ D>E | F/G/A Bd Fd EF | D2 D>E D2 :|
|: d>c |\
B2 B^A B>c dc/B/ | BA AB A2 D>E | FD FA BA GF | FE EF E2 f/e/d/c/ |
B2- B^A Bc dc/B/ | BA- AB AB/A/ DE | FA Bd FA G/F/E | D2 D>E D2 :|
|: D>E |\
FA DA F/G/A D2 | GA BA F2 D>E | FD FA BA GF | FE E^D E2 D>E |
F/G/A DA F/G/A DF | GA Bc d2 D>E | FA B/c/d Fd EF | D2 D>E D2 :|
|: d>c |\
Bd Gd B/c/d Gd/B/ | Ad Fd Ad/A/ F>E | F/E/D FA BA GF |
[1 F2 E>F E2 d>c | B/c/d G2 Bd Gd/B/ | Ad Fd/B/ Ad/A/ F>E | FF/A/ Bd F/G/A GE | D2 D>E D2 :|
[2 FE- EF EF/E/ D>E | FA D/E/F/E/ D2 D/E/F/A/ | G>A Bc d2 c/d/c/B/ | Ad c/B/A/G/ FA G/F/E | D2 D>E D2 |]

Maurice Duncan’s Trip to Ballycastle.

Well I must say, that was great fun, listening to all those different takes on this tune.

Obviously I feel most comfortable with the first two versions & really look forward to hearing it being played in A on Pipes. However, of course I can see why you felt the need to alter the Gs in the last two versions Stephen.

As for your version C, it’s quite funny to hear this 2/4 March having all it’s jaggy Scottish edges smoothed off, to create an Irish sounding Hornpipe.

Obviously, once a tune is out there Trad players will do what they want with it & I’m fine with that, after all that’s all part of the process, but I have to say I much prefer the rugged sound of it, as a jaggy 2/4 Scottish March.

Although it was composed on strings, I do think, from what I’ve heard above, that it’ll sound just fine & dandy too, on Border Pipes.

Thanks lads for all your hard work. :-D

Cheers,
Dick

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

By the way, Maurice Duncan himself had this to say:

"It is appropriate that it is a 2/4 March, as that is a particular speciality of mine, and I will give it my particular style of interpretation."

So I just can’t wait to hear how this master of the Scottish Fiddle style, puts his own inimitable stamp on this tune. :-D

Cheers,
Dick

Hornpipe!? You must be kidding… :-D

R: march

That’s a march! Moving a 2/4 to 4/4 is a modern practice to cut down on the cost of ink, to lighten the load in a sense, and to make it a little easier to notate those ‘usual’ variations on rhythm. It’s not ‘new’. The use of 2/4 made more sense in the time of wood block type, having been a typesetter for one part of my life, all those damned trays. But, it’s something a dyslexic is made for, everything backwards and mirror imaged. Using the time signature of 4/4 does not a hornpipe make. I just forgot, after cutting and pasting those basics, the headers, from the original, to change the R: hornpipe to R: march. I don’t and wouldn’t play a hornpipe the way I transcribed that march above… 8-)

Don’t forget my other home ~ the Canadian Maritimes, in particular Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, where marches are part of the usual fare of tunes played and shared… I should also mention Newfoundland, where I got my first pair of glasses as a wee lad…

And if not made obvious, I enjoyed playing this… ;-)

:-D … & ‘C’, I see that your wee smiley face is still wearing those glasses! :-P

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle

I like Ceolachan’s version too. More of a 4/4 march than a hornpipe though… Gay Gordon’s anyone?

Exactly… :-D

bagpie, forgot to say I like your take in A too… ;-)

Great tune Dick.

I’m liking bagpie’s Amix 2/4 version and could see this becoming a bit of a hit with pipers.

Should also say that the tune really rocks as a 4/4 march too, love the vid.

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

Hi mahog, I’m very glad you like it.

Oh & I’d be delighted if Pipers started playing it, at whatever tempo & whichever key & with whichever G they fancy! :-D

Cheers,
Dick

X: 7 :-d

X: 7
T: Maurice Duncan’s March To Ballycastle
C: Dick Glasgow
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: AMix
|: A>B |\
ce d/c/B A2 a>g | f/g/a da e2 A>B | cA ce fe dc | cB Bc Bc/B/ A>B |
ce cB A2 a>g | fa da ef/e/ A>B | c/d/e fa ca Bc | A2 A>B A2 :|
|: a>g |\
f2 fe f>g ag/f/ | fe ef e2 A>B |cA ce fe dc | cB- Bc B2 a>g |
f2- fe fg ag/f/ | fe- ef ef/e/ AB | ce fa ce d/c/B | A2 A>B A2 :|
|: A>B |\
ce Ae c/d/e A2 | de fe c2 A>B | cA ce fe dc | cB BA B2 A>B |
c/d/e Ae c/d/e Ac | de fg a2 A>B | ce f/g/a ca Bc | A2 A>B A2 :|
|: a>g |\
fa da f/g/a da/f/ | ea ca ea/e/ c>B | c/B/A ce fe dc |
[1 c2 B>c B2 a>g | f/g/a d2 fa da/f/ | ea ca/f/ ea/e/ c>B | cc/e/ fa c/d/e dB | A2 A>B A2 :|
[2 cB- Bc Bc/B/ A>B | ce A/B/c/B/ A2 A/B/c/e/ | d>e fg a2 g/a/g/f/ | ea g/f/e/d/ ce d/c/B | A2 A>B A2 |]

There, a relatively simple transposition, with the accidentals removed, and a high c’ too… ;-)

I loved seeing the instruments, more of that please… :-) And especially if their in use!

Your nyckelharpa is a beauty, my compliments to the maker…

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

Hi ‘C’,

Now there’s a nickname for you! :-P
…. thinking of how so many of us first position Fiddlers just love that High C. ;-)

Anyway thanks, it’s great fun seeing how other folks digest a tune & then spit it back out in a slightly different shape. Of course it’s hard to tell exactly how you & bagpipe would make the tune sound on a real instrument, when your ideas are filtered through those dreaded digital piano thingies. ;-)

You might like to know that Argyll musician John, from Campbeltown, has just posted his interpretation of it, over on SoundCloud. Interestingly, he’s playing it on Tenor Guitar, with Guitar backing.

http://soundcloud.com/user9128887/maurice-duncans-trip-to


Cheers,
Dick

Sweet, very enjoyable, my thanks to you both…

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

Here’s yet another version! :-D

Many thanks to John Gibbons for posting this in Gmaj for his Northumbrian Pipes.

X:1
T: New Tune
L:1/8
Q:1/4=80
R:march
K:Gmaj
G>A|: B<dB>A G2g>f | e<gc>e d2G>A | B<GB>d e<gd>B | B<AA>B A2G>A |
B<dB>A G2g>f | e<gc>e d2G>A | B>de<g B<dA>B |1 G2G2-G2 G>A :|2 G2G2-G2g>f ||
e2e>d e>fg>f | e<dd>e d2B<d | G>Bd>g e<dB<G | B<AA>B A2g>f |
e2e>d e>fg>f | e<dd>e d2B<d | G>Bd<g B<dA>B |1 G2G>A G2g>f :|2 G2G>A G2G>A ||
|: B<dG>d B>dG2 | c>de>d B2G>A | B<GB>d e<gd>B | B<AA>B A2G>A |
B<dG>d B>dG2 | c>de>d B2G>A | B>de<g B<dA>B |1 G2G2-G2 G>A :|2 G2G2-G2g>f ||
e<g.c>g e<g.c>g | d<g.B>g d<g.B2 | G>AB>d e<gd>B | B<AA>B A2g>f |
e<g.c>g e<g.c>g | d<g.B>g d<g.B2 | G>AB>d B<dA>B | G2G>A G2g>f |
e<g.c>g e<g.c>g | d<g.B>g d<g.B2 | G>AB>d e<gd>B | B<AA>B A2G>A |
B>dA<B G>AB>G | c>de>f g2d<g | B<gG2 c>ed>c | B2G2 G4 ||

Actually, while I like things low, and I enjoyed the A versions, I really like this in G, and it means, with the way I twist it, I can avoid the high c’ all together… ;-)

No, I like it best in D, but I’m going to have a go in G for a spell as I’m in a particularly march mood lately… ;-)

Oh, just remembered something ~

‘C’ as a Scot living away from home, the first thing I do when I go home is rush into the first Bakers & grab myself a Scotch Pie!

So I was particularly delighted to see that the CD, Grand Scottish Marches, included track 9, by:

The Pies & Drums of Leanisch :-P

Sadly, for the sake of my belly and cholesterol, I too L-O-V-E pies, sweet ones too. When we were living bacin in Cymru/Wales the site of a certain van always brought a smile ~ "Dai the Pie"…

"back in Cymru" ~ but I have a weakness for cured meats too, like bacon… Mmmmmmm!

“Maurice Duncan’s March/Trip Through Ballycastle” ~ ‘avin’ a go in G

X: 9
T: Maurice Duncan’s March/Trip Through Ballycastle
C: Dick Glasgow
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: GMaj
|: E/F/G/A/ |\
Bd c>A G2 g>f | eg cg dg/d/ B>^A | BG B/c/d ed cB | Bc/B/ A^G AB/A/ E/F/G/A/ |
Bd c/B/A G2 g>f | e/f/g cg d2 G>A | Bd eg B/c/d cA | GA/G/ A/G/F G2 :|
|: g>f |\
e2 e>^d ef gf/e/ | eG dG B2 G>A | c/B/A/G/ B/c/d ed cD | BA- A^G AB/A/ b/a/g/f/ |
e2- e^d e/f/g ce | ed- d^c de/d/ GA | Bd eg Bd c/B/A | G2 G>F G2 :|
|: G>A |\
Bd Gd B/c/d Gg/e/ | cd ed B2 G>A | BG Bd ed c>B | BA- A^G A2 =G>A |
B/c/d Gd B/c/d GD/B/ | B/c/^c/d/ d/e/f g2 G>A | B/c/d eg Bg Ag | G2 GF G2 :|
|: g>f |\
eg cg e/f/g cg/e/ | dg Bg dg/d/ B>A | BG B/c/d ed cD |
[1 BA- A>B A2 g>f | e/f/g c2 eg cg/e/ | dg Bg/e/ dg/d/ B>A | BB/G/ eg B/c/d cF | G2 G>F G2 :|
[2 BA A^G AB/A/ E/F/=G/A/ | Bd G/A/B/A/ G2 G/A/B/G/ | B/c/^c/d/ d/e/f g2 f/g/f/e/ | dg f/e/d/c/ Bd c/B/A | G2 A/G/F G2 |]

Oops! ~ bar 4 ~ | Bc/B/ A^G AB/A/ E/F/=G/A/ | ;-)

& 4 in the B-part too ~ | BA- A^G AB/A/ b/a/=g/f/ | ~ oh those accidentals and naturals… :-D

B/c/^c/d/ d/e/f

That’s a bitch ~ and it happens twice ~ :-D

B/c/d GD/B/ | B/c/^c/d/ d/e/f g2

G2 G/A/B/G/ | B/c/^c/d/ d/e/f g2

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

Another interesting version C.

Mind you, your name for it seems to be changing as fast as your versions! :-D

With all those flourishes you put in too, it’s starting to sound almost Carolan-ish & perhaps a little too pretty & not like the sort of filthy, mucky March any of those Highland Pipers would be likely to play.
You know the sort of blokes up there, who live on raw meat & bare their ar$es, to scare away the Sassanachs! :-P

Cheers,
Dick

When in the muck the first thing a highland piper wants to do to distract themselves and forget about the hell is play pretty things… That’s what the music is about, in part. And the enemy, to hear someone having fun in the middle of a war of hell ~ that’d scare anyone. "Damn! They’ve got no worries." ;-)

O’Carolan!? :-/

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

I’ve been asked to make it clear that, although Maurice Duncan does live in Oban & is a leading member of the Oban & Lorne Strathspey Society & did indeed come from Oban to Ballycastle for his holiday, he is originally from Campbeltown! ;-)

Cheers,
Dick

Long live Campbeltown and Campbeltown Single Malt Whiskies!!!

Credit where credit is due. ;-) Oh how I’d love a nice dram right now, even if it is in the a.m…. :-(

Maurice Duncan’s trip to Ballycastle.

Just for the record, following a couple of requests from fellow musicians, I posted another video of this tune { over on Vimeo this time } featuring video clips of me actually playing the instruments.

https://vimeo.com/49693215


Cheers,
Dick

Re: Maurice Duncan’s Trip To Ballycastle

I was deeply saddened to learn this morning that our good friend Maurice Duncan of Oban, passed away early on Friday morning from a massive Brain Haemorrhage!

I met Maurice when he came along to some of our local north Antrim sessions, while on holiday over here in 2012, but we stayed in touch. A very modest man, he impressed us all with his huge talent as a Fiddle player & also by his warm, friendly personality & of course his endless knowledge of the Piping & Fiddle Music of Scotland.

Known far & wide, by musicians everywhere, Maurice Duncan will be sadly missed.