I got this strathspey from the recording by Finlay MacDonald, a Scottish piper. Pretty simple tune, but you’ll get in a trance after playing it several times.
The triplet in the end makes it easy to move on to a jig. Try the set of this strathspey and Scatter the Mud.
This would also move into the Congress Reel very nicely…
Recorded by "Silly Wizard".
I like to follow up this tune with The Ale is Dear.
I love this tune—I sometimes play Atholl Highlander’s right after it.
From what i’ve heard, named after A. A. Cameron of Mucomir (Lochaber) who was a national champion of the Highland Games in his day.
isn’t that c# instead of of a B in the b-part?
Well, the ABC states: E dorian, and if you play this tune on the Scottish pipes, you’re in A mixolydian throughout (albeit with a strong E flavour in the 2nd part).
In this mode, C-sharp sounds better alright, and a few other modifications can benefit the tune.
If you play this tune against a, say, mandola accompaniment, the B’s are not necessarily out of place, especially if you ‘drone’ a G…
A.A. Cameron’s, X:2
As played by Silly Wizard on their ‘Wild and Beautiful’ album from 1979.
1979! Eek! I remember when it was newly out; what excitement!
Re: A.A. Cameron’s
There is a fascinating article on Alexander Cameron (1877-1951) at
which details the life of the strongman. With a lovely picture of him, too.