Desert Storm reel

By Robert Mathieson

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Desert Storm has been added to 4 tune sets.

Desert Storm has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Desert Storm
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2B2 e2ed-|dB~cA BEFA|~BAB~E2 BE2|ABAF DBAF|
B2B2 e2ed-|dB~cA~B2AF|DFA d2BAF|1 ABE2E2FA:|2 ABE2E4||
|:e2B2 B2cd|eBe d2BAF|d2cdFAdd-|dFFdFAdB|
e2e2 dBAF|Adc B2AAF|DFAd2BAF|1 ABE2E4:|1 ABE4E2||
X: 2
T: Desert Storm
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2B2 e2ed-|dB~cA BEFA|~BA B~E- EBE2|ABAF DBAF|
B2B2 e2ed-|dB~cA~B2AF|DFAd- dBAF|1 ABE2E2FA:|2 ABE2E4||
|:e2B2 B2cd|eBed -dBAF|d2cd FAdd-|dFFd FAdB|
e2e2 dBAF|AdcB- BAAF|DFAd- dBAF|1 ABE2E4:|1 ABE4E2||
X: 3
T: Desert Storm
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e2e2 A2A2|edeg gfed|e2 de A2e2|dBdG GedB|
Beef A2A2|edea agge|dBdg gedB|Be A2A4:|
e2e2 a2ag|gefd eABd|e2 de A2 ed|dedB GGBd|
[1 e2e2 a2ag|gefd e2dB|GABg gedB|BeA2 A4:|
[2e2e2 A2A2|edea agge|dBdg gedB|e2 a2z4||
edeA AeA2|Aeef gfed|edeA AeA2|ddBd gdBG|
edeA AeA2|Aeef g2fe|dBdg gedB|Be A2A4:|
a2e2e2fg|aeag gedB|g2fg Bdgg|gBBg Bdge|
[1a2a2 gedB|dgfe eddB|GABg gedB|BeA2 A4:|
[2edeA AeA2|Aeef g2fe|dBdg gedB|Be A2A4||

Six comments

Desert Storm

I learnt this off the excellent Zoe Conway album, called Zoe Conway (2002). She plays the parts differently to how I’ve written it here, using A, B, C, A A, B B, C C.

The folk process in action… The original tune is a 4 part hornpipe composed for highland pipes by Robert Mathieson (IIRC). The source album has got parts 3, 2 and 4 in that order, I think! 🙂

Thanks for this info, Niall. I recently bought the album as an iTunes download and it isn’t so easy to access background info about tunes from this format. However, that great store of knowledge, ‘The Session’ provides detailed background about the album via the ‘Recordings’ tab. Zoe Conway writes there that, “I learned Desert Storm from a Scottish pipe band during a festival in Galicia in Northern Spain. “

Nice tune - just regrouped the dots a bit …

Desert Storm, X:3

Just for the sake of completeness here is the original version from “The Big Birl”. I’ve put it into Ador (it needs the C natural) rather than the Bflat equivalent that the GHB sound in.

Re: Desert Storm

A bit late, perhaps, but, as presented on A in the third setting (X:3), it doesn’t have a C in it (natural or sharp) so not sure how the tune “needs the C natural”.