Donald’s Rant reel

Also known as Donald MacGugan’s Rant.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Donald’s Rant has been added to 5 tune sets.

Donald's Rant has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Donald's Rant
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dBAF ~A3 f|gfed eB~B2|dBAF ~A3 F|1 BAAB ~d3 e:|2 BAAB ~d3 A||
d2 ef ~d3 e|dB~B2 dBAB|1 d2 ef ~d3 e|dBAB d2 (3A/B/c:|2 defd ed B2|BAAB ~d3 e||

Four comments

Donald’s Rant

This version of the tune is taken from the Breabach CD "Bann", although it differs from the version recorded in the old tune collections, e.g. Atholle collection, in having the parts reversed. However Breabach’s version is how it is usually played in sessions now. I will also add in the older version

Re: Donald’s Rant

The older version found in the Atholle collection is:

T:Donald MacGugan’s Rant
B:Stewart-Robertson - The Athole Collection (1884)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
A|d2 d>e d/d/d d>c|BABc dAAB|d2 d>e d/d/d d>c|BABc d2d:|
|:A|d>BAF A/A/A A2|gfed edBc|dBAF A/A/A A2|BABc d2d:||

Thanks to for the transcription.

Re: Donald’s Rant

Meant to say what a great tune this is!

Re: Donald’s Rant

I think the first version is the way it’s played in Cape Breton, or at least the way fiddler Joe MacLean plays it in a mammoth set on his CD of re-issued recordings. The track in question, which lasts nearly ten minutes, is a house party recording from 1961, according to the album’s liner notes. Great tune!