The Piper’s Weird jig

Also known as Macrimmon.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Piper's Weird has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Piper's Weird
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
"A"A>AA A2A |"E"{A}B>AB {A/B/}"A"c2A |"D"{A}f>ff {f}"A"(e2c) |"B7"{d}c>BA {A/d/}"E7"B3 |
"A"A>AA A2A |"E"{A}B>AB {A/B/}"A"c2A |"D"{A}f>ff {f}"A"(e2c) |"E7" (eBe) {e}"A"A2 ||
A |"A"{g}(a2A) {e/f/}"A7"(e2A) |"D"{A}(fAf) {f}"A"e2A |"A"{A}(a2A) {A}"A7"(e2A) |"B7"({c/d/}c>)BA {A/d/}"E7"(B2A) |
"A"{g}(a2A) "A7"(e2A) |"D"{A}(fAf) {f}"A"e2e |"D" (f<a)f {f}"A"(e2c) |"E7"(eBe) {e}"A"[E2A2]|]
2
X: 2
T: The Piper's Weird
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
M:3/4
E2 | A3 A A2 | A4 A2 | B3 A B2 | c4 A2 | f3 f f2 | e4 c2 | c2 B2 A2 | B4
E2 | A3 A A2 | A4 A2 | B3 A B2 | c4 A2 | f3 f f2 | e4 c2 | e2 B2 e2 | A4 ||
e2 | a4 A2 | e4 A2 | f3 A f2 | e4 A2 | a4 A2 | e4 c2 | c2 B2 A2 | B4
e2 | a4 A2 | e4 A2 | f3 A f2 | e4 e2 | f2 a2 f2 | e4 c2 | e2 B2 e2 | A4 |]

Four comments

The Piper’s Weird (Macrimmon)

A slow 6/8 fiddle pibroch by James Scott Skinner. "Weird" is a synonym for "Fate".
The title is from a poem by W. McCombie Smith of the same title, honouring in the famous piping family of Macrimmon. See the Fiddler’s Companion for the first verse. The rest of the poem are in The Harp and Claymore p.151

The Piper’s Weird (Macrimmon), X:2

Originally a slow air, this setting is used for dancing, and was transcribed from a recording by the Angus County fiddler Adam Rennie from 1956.

Re: The Piper’s Weird

Was this tune written as a piping tune as it fits the range of the pipes?

Re: The Piper’s Weird

I think Skinner was one of the first fiddlers who composed many tunes in bagpipe style in recognition of the potential of that style to create powerful and attractive music.