Andy May plays his tune “Fred Picknell’s March”
"Fred Picknell’s March" ~ C: Andy May, Northumbrian piper
This is a quick transcription of the above recording. I was introduced to this tune this week by a dear friend, Nick. He had to say there wasn’t a transcription to be found anywhere. But, while this is here to help ~ PLEASE use your ears. Here are two more earfuls of this melody, the next also featuring Andy May in the band "Baltic Crossing", and the second featuring another member on site here, Northumbrian piper Chris Ormston, who pairs it up with "Sir Sydney Smith’s March", which he starts the set with…
Christmas with Baltic Crossing ~ playing Andy May’s tune "Fred Picknell’s March"
Ian Stephenson ~ guitar & button accordion
Andy May ~ Northumbrian bagpipes & piano
Esko Järvelä ~ five-string violin
Antti Järvelä ~ mandolin & double bass
Kristian Bugge ~ violin
Chris Ormston ~ "Sir Sidney Smith’s March" / "Fred Picknell’s March"
“Fred Picknell’s March” ~ C: Andy May, Northumbrian piper ~ 2/4
I’ve added the 2/4 transcription for those who like their marches dense, using lots of black ink. ;-)
“Fred Picknell’s March” played by (C:) Andy May & Andrew Watchorn
March 12th, 2012, 12:22
First International Bagpipe Day
10th of March, 2012
Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Oops! I’d almost forgotten to add this one too… 8-)
AABB ~ “Fred Picknell’s March” C: Andy May ~ in the recordings linked to above
“Baltic Crossing” CDs
It would be best if someone added these CDs who had them, knew them. I haven’t yet had the pleasure or I’d have also added them here with some comment…
Note, some of these recordings are out by approximately 50 cents to a semi-tone, up and down…
Fred Picknell was a maker of Northumbrian pipes, and worked with Tom Clough. I believe that Andy May makes pipes and is particularly interested in the work of Clough and Picknell. I’m wondering if the "roughest made chanter he’s seen" that he’s playing the tune on (85 years old) is one of Fred’s. It might explain the title.
Thanks Weejie, I have been chasing up more info, and I was planning on at least adding Andy’s CD, though that too I sadly haven’t got so can’t say more than I enjoyed the fragments floating around online. I have a long interest in instrument makers and their craft, all great characters the ones I’ve been lucky to meet and spend a little time with. And there’s very high respect for those who play and make, or at the least explore their instrument(s) of choice further. I can’t imagine wanting to do otherwise.
I’d hoped to find a website for Andy but no luck there. I’d wanted to at least gone through the courtesy of asking before submitting this, and hoping he’d add some comment himself as well. That hope persists. If anyone knows him, please ask for me. ;-)
CD ~ “Andy May: The Yellow Haired Laddie” - Northumbrian pipes
A mate just told me about this thread!
Yeah sorry my website is down at the mo, awaiting a substantial revamp.
Pleased you’re enjoying the tune anyway. It’s actually printed in the NPS tune book ‘continuing the tradition’ along with a load of other recently composed tunes for the pipes.
CD ~ “Andy May: Happy Hours” ~ Northumbrian pipes
Yeah! There’s some fun stuff here, and it makes me smile. There were initial fears it might be yet another of those ~ an unbalanced focus on ‘my’ compositions. But no!, the pleasant surprises mount, there’s only two that are Andy’s, a fair percentage really, and they ain’t half bad. The Northumbrian pipes always seem to twang the giggle bone and the mixed meters raised some memories ~ the Adriatic and Eastern Europe, eating through a mountain of chip-sized whole fried fish (chips = French fries) , retsina, sheep’s cheeses, sheep, goats, badly polluted rivers, swearing in Serbo-Croat and Macedonian, and nursing a friend violently ill on home brewed Macedonian slivovic… And, finishing up this curious mix, track 13, with some lovely and spirited Galician muiñeiras, sigh! I immediately ordered a coyy for us… ;-) I love it!
NPS ~ Northumbrian Pipers’ Society ~ Book/Collection: “Continuing the Tradition” ? :-/
Andy ~ Thanks for making comment, but it looks like they haven’t yet updated the website and added the collection, or this tune to their index. I tried to find a link so people could order the book, alas, no luck!? Here’s hoping you can help…
“Fred Picknell’s March” ~ C: Andy May, Northumbrian piper
I have it on a respected source that this tune is a favourite in a local session down the road from here, every Thursday in Billinge, Lancashire…
Was it true about the missing note (maybe the bottom F# .. you know I’m not much good with notes)? If so, these guys might find it fun to hear where (or why) it went.
“Fred Picknell’s March”
I’ve added the Billinge session’s take on Fred Picknell’s
which is pretty much as the video
Thanks to ceolachan for posting the first settings.