The Balkan Hills march

Also known as The Balkan Hills Schottische.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with John MacDonald Of Glencoe (a few times).

The Balkan Hills has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Balkan Hills has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Balkan Hills
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a3g|:fAfe d2A2|BGdB A2de|fAAa gfed|f2e2 e2ag|
fAfe d2A2|BGdB A2de|faga gecA|d4 d2:|
f3g |:adfa f2ed|BGdB A2fg|adfa gfed|f2e2 e2fg|
adfa f2ed|BGdB A2de|faga gecA|d4 d2:|
3ABc|:d2e2 f2ed|BGdB A2de|fAAa gfed|f2e2 e2AB|
d2e2 f2ed|BGdB A2de|faga gecA|d4 d2:|
fg|adfa fdfa|fdfa f2 fg|adfa gfed|f2e2 e2fg|
adfa f2ed|BGdB A2de|faga gecA|d4 d2:|
X: 2
T: The Balkan Hills
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
[M:C|]
a>g|f>Af>e d2A2|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>df<a g>fe>d|f2e2 e2a>g|
f>Af>e d2A2|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>a^g<a g=>ec<A|d4 d2:|
|:f>g|a>df<a f2e>d|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>df<a g>fe>d|f2e2 e2[1f>g|
a>df<a f2e>d|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>a^g<a g=>ec<A|d4 d2:|
[2a>g|f>Af>e d2A2|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>a^g<a g=>ec<A|d4 d2||
|:A>B|d3e f2e>d|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>df<a g>fe>d|f2e2 e2A>B|
d3e f2e>d|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>a^g<a g=>ec<A|d4 d2:|
|:f>g|a>df<a A>df<a|a>df<a f2e>d|f>df<a g>fe>d|f2e2 e2[1f>g|
a>df<a A>df<a|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>a^g<a g=>ec<A|d4 d2:|
[2a>g|f>Af>e d2A2|B<Gd>B A2d>e|f>a^g<a g=>ec<A|d4 d2|]
X: 3
T: The Balkan Hills
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
[M:C|]
a>g|f<Af>e d2(3AB=c|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f>d (3fga g>fe<d|f2e2 e2a>g|
f<Af>e d2(3AB=c|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f z f<a g>e (3cAd-|d6:|
|:f>g|a2a>g f2(3fed|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f z f<a g>fe<d|f2e2 e2[1f>g|
a2a>g f2(3fed|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f>a^g<a =g>e (3cAd-|d6:|
[2a>g|f<Af>e d2(3AB=c|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f z (3fga g>e (3cAd-|d6||
|:A>B|d2e>d f2e<d|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f z f<a g>fe<d|f2e2 e2A>B|
d2e>d f2e<d|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f z g<a g>e (3cAd-|d6:|
|:f>g|a>gf<a A>df<a|A>df<a f2f>g|a>gf<a g>fe<d|f2e2 e2[1f>g|
a>gf<a A>df<a|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f>d (3fga g>e (3cAd-|d6:|
[2a>g|f<Af>e d2(3AB=c|(3BGd- d>B A>Bd>e|f z f<a g>e (3cAd-|d6|]

Four comments

The Balkan Hills

From the excellent early Boys of the Lough album, "Live at Passim". This is one of my favourite albums as I learnt so much from it, and has very happy memories of times and tunes past. It is a great ceilidh band favourite, and can be played as just a 3 part version, missing out the last part. Odd that it is not already on the site.

The Balkan Hills, X:2

Second setting is something like the way the tune would be played by a box and fiddle band for a Canadian Barn Dance. A 2/4 march, I’ve transcribed it here in 2/2 so as to compare with the first setting.
Not sure what pipers play for the part endings with the G#, but the Scots Guards has |f<aB>g f>ec<A|d4 d2|.

The Balkan Hills, X:3

Third setting as played by Nuala Kennedy on "A Wee Selection". Often she varies the repeats but the first time through is what is transcribed here.

Re: The Balkan Hills

Dan R MacDonald recorded a great rendition of this back in the day, in a set with his own composition "The Lasses of Campbell Street."