MacPherson’s Rant reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

MacPherson's Rant has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: MacPherson's Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
dGGG dGBg|dGGG d2cd|eAAA AGAB|Aaga e2dB|
efge aege|dBAB d2fg|aefd e2dB|AABd e2ef||
g2dg Bgdg|Bgdg e2dB|Aaag agea|Aaga e2dB|
efge aege|dBAB d2fg|aefd e2dB|AABd e4||

Five comments

MacPherson’s Rant

This tune is MacPherson’s Rant, a traditional reel. The other tune by this name is really MacPherson’s Lament and should be renamed, IMHO.

MacPherson’s Rant

Can you tell us where you got the tune, piprgrl?

I can’t recall where I first laid my hands on it, though Jim McGillivray has it on his site. It is on a couple of videos on YouTube played and identified as Macpherson’s Reel.

MacPherson’s Rant - another source

Hey. Nigel, I thought I would share this since you were interested in the origins of the tune.

Just now as I was listening to Gordon Duncan’s album “Just for Seamus,” I stopped in my tracks when I heard this tune. So I pulled out the album notes to see if there is anything enlightening. It is in the set “The Last Tango in Harris / The Ballinvanich Reel / McPherson’s / Good Drying. “ But the notes just say McPherson’s - Reel, Traditional.

MacPherson’s Rant

Thanks for that, piprgrl - I always like to know where tunes come from. I recognise this tune, but I can’t quite place it. I’ll keep trying…