Gylen Castle strathspey

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X: 1
T: Gylen Castle
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A>B |c<e d>c B<G B>d | c<A d>B c<A A>a | f<g f>e d2 e>d | c<A B>d c<A B>d |
c<e d>c B<G B>d | c<A d>B c<A A>a | f<g f>e d2 e>d | c<A B>d c<A A2 ||
a>e c<e g>d B<d | a>e c<e a>f g>e | a>e c<e g>d B<d | a>f g>e e<f f<g |
a>e c<e g>d B<d | a>e c<e a>f g>e | a>f g<e f>d e<c | d>B G<B D>G B<d ||

Eleven comments

Castle Stalker {Strathspey}

This tune reminds me of a magical family holiday I had, as a boy back in the early ’60s on the island of Kerrera, by Oban.

Anyone interested in hearing this wee Strathspey, can do so by following the links below, where I play it as part of a set of 4 of my own tunes.

On the YouTube video, I used two tracks of Nyckelharpa to play it:

On the Vimeo version, I played Nyckelharpa, Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Fiddle & Tenor Banjo:


P.S. I wonder if there’ll be a section for Strathspeys, in the new version of the Session, which I believe will soon be launched?

Castle Stalker {Strathspey}

Here are a few interesting facts about this Castle.

It is visible from the A828 road around mid-way between Oban and Glen Coe.

The name "Stalker" comes from the Gaelic Stalcaire, meaning "hunter" or "falconer", which is appropriate for me, as, in my time, I have worked full time as both a Gamekeeper & Falconer.

In recent times the castle was brought to fame by the Monty Python team, appearing in their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It also appeared in the film Highlander: Endgame.

Castle Stalker:


There already is one, in this version… you should have put this in it!

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Nice, I did a search before posting this, but didn’t find one. :-(

Can you post a link to it, because I still can’t seem to find it.


He means there already is a category "strathspey". In fact there has been as long as I have been a member here - quite a while now although not as long as yourself.

Thanks NCFA. I see what you mean now. ….. Duh! :-(

Don’t know why I didn’t spot that.
Fact is, on a further extensive search, I have managed to find a Pipe tune which has this name, so I’m going to have to change the name anyway, but I don’t believe there is a way to delete tunes.

Perhaps we will be able to delete them with the new system & then I can start again.


Stalker Castle

Dick, you might be interested in this unusual tune I used to play. In the book it was notated in 3/4, but I have changed it to 6/4 as I think it makes more sense that way. To me, at least!

T:Stalker Castle
S:Book-The Piper’s Assistant, c1875
Z:Nigel Gatherer
d2 a2 f2 a2 c2 BA | d2 a2 fedc f2 B2 | d2 a2 f2 ed c2 ac |
BdcBABce ce f2 B2 :: d2 cB d2 cB c2 BA | d2 cB c2 BA f2 B2 |
d2 cB d2 ed c2 ac | B2 cBAB ce f2 B2 :|

Stalker Castle/Castle Stalker

The Iain MacInnes track on Sealbh (2009) is the same tune as the one I’ve given.

Castle Stalker / Gylen Castle … ;-)

Thanks Nigel. I’ve now changed the name of this tune to ~ Gylen Castle.

All I need to do now is get Jeremy to delete this tune & post it again, with its new name. ;-)