The Erchless Scout slip jig

By Duncan Chisholm

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Erchless Scout has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Erchless Scout has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Erchless Scout
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
K: Aminor
EAAcBA .G2 A2|1 EAc dz d BAGA:|2 EAc dz d BAGB||
|:cdegag edde|cdegag e2 de|
cdegag edde|1 aggged cAAB:|2 aggged cAAG||

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The Erchless Scout

A 10/8 by Duncan Chisholm from his “Affric” album, half of a very chilly but evocative set. Duncan discussed the tune’s origins in an interview with Folk Radio UK a couple of years ago:

“The Erchless Scout was my grandfather, Duncan Chisholm. He was a hill man all his life, worked as a game keeper and was incredibly fit. During the war he was with the BEF and escaped from Dunkirk. He then joined the newly formed Lovat Scouts and was posted to the Commando Training Camp at Inverailort in the West Highlands as an instructor. He was seriously injured there when a live mine exploded next to him and was hospitalized for 6 months. When he recovered he was posted to the Cairngorms where he lived for a year in the mountains teaching the Commandos survival training ahead of the raid on the Nazis’ Heavy Water Plant in Norway. He was an amazing man and I wanted to capture his spirit in the tune. For this set my imagination sees him stalking a stag and then chasing his prey. I am very happy with the feel of the set, and I found the perfect tune for the start with Rory Campbell’s beautiful tune ‘Innes Campbell’.”


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The tune is split up into 3 parts. There is the first part, then the second part is on the string up, then the 3rd part is the part thats different to the other two. Duncan Chisholm plays it like this

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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 2
Part 3
Part 2
Part 3
Part 3

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Excellent tune. I love it on the live CD especially. When I wrote it out I did in in alternate bars of 6/8 and 2/4 to emphasise the 123, 123, 1,2 rhythm. On the downside the staff looks more cluttered. Still, the best way to learn it is by ear - a good excuse to listen to the great man!