Lord Seaforth strathspey

Also known as Cameron’s One Legged Hen, Highland Plaid, Lady Seaforth, Loch Ban, Lord Seaforth’s.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The East Neuk O’ Fife (a few times), Tullochgorum (a few times) and You And I (a few times).

Lord Seaforth has been added to 2 tune sets.

Lord Seaforth has been added to 56 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Lord Seaforth
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F|G<DD>E G>AB>d|c>AB<G E3A|G<DD>E G>AB>e|d>BA<B G3:|
g|(3efg d>g B>gd>B|c>AB<G E3g|(3efg d>g B>gd>B|c>Ad<B G3g|
(3efg d>b c>aB>g|c>AB<G E3A|G<DD>E G>AB>e|d>BA<B G3||
X: 2
T: Lord Seaforth
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B | "G"GDDE "Em"GABG | "Am"cA"(G)"BG "C"~E2EA | "G"GDDE "Em"GABe | "D7"dBAB "G"G2-G :|
g | "C"eg"G"dg BgdB | "Am"cA"(G)"BG "C"~E2Eg | "C"eg"G"dg BgdB | "D7"cAdB "G"G2-G ||
g | "C"eg"G"db "Am"ca"G"Bg | "Am"cA"(G)"BG "C"~E2"D7"EA | "G"GDDE "Em"GABe | "D7"dBAB "G"G2-G |]
X: 3
T: Lord Seaforth
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
R:Reel
M:C|
c|BGAG BGAB|cABG E/E/E EA|GEDE Gage|1dBAB !>!(DG) G:|2dBAB G/G/G G2|]
ef|g2dg egdB|cA (3BAG E2 ef|g2 dg egdB|AGAB !>!(DG) fa|
gdBd gdBd|ceBd AGEF|GEDE Gage|dBAB G/G/G G2|]
X: 4
T: Lord Seaforth
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B>A|GD DE GA B2|cA B/A/G E2ED/E/|GD DE GA B>c|dB AB/A/ G2:|
g2|e/f/g dg Bg d>B|cA B/A/G E2 g2|e/f/g dg Bg d>B|cA dB G2g2|
e/f/g dg Bg d>B|cA B/A/G E2 ED/E/|GD DE GA B>c|dB AB/A/ G3||
X: 5
T: Lord Seaforth
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c>B|AE EF AB c2|dB c/2B/2A F2FE/2F/2|AE EF AB c>d|ec Bc/2B/2 A2:|
a2|f/2g/2a ea ca e>c|dB c/2B/2A F2 a2|f/2g/2a ea ca e>c|dB ec A2a2|
f/2g/2a ea ca e>c|dB c/2B/2A F2 FE/2F/2|AE EF AB c>d|ec Bc/2B/2 A3||

Fifteen comments

Lord Seaforth

I learned this lovely strathspey from the duet of Claire Mann’s fiddle and Simon Thoumire’s concertina.

The bar 5 of the second part is tricky especially on the whistle and flute, but it add spice to the tune. Without it, the whole tune would sound like a variation of "Comin’ Thro’ the Rye."

Hope it will appeal to some strathspey lovers in this site.

Speed

How fast is this generally played? I tried it as an Air at about 80 to 100 bpm and it’s lovely but … where is the tempo supposed to be?

(Send more Strathspey’s!)

I don’t think it is a commonly heard tune and not sure how fast people play it. But Claire Mann and Simon Thoumire play it at around 240 bpm. The sound file here is too fast, but that tricky part doesn’t sound nice when played too slowly, I think.

Speed

Scott Skinner recommended 96 for Strathspey reels,
but Scottish country dancers generally like their strathspeys at 64-70 these days.

Nice tune

~ & as a highland fling

This makes a nice highland fling and fits the dance well. For that use, on the Irish side of things, it goes nicely at around 145 beats per minute…and that is definitely swung… ;-)

Yamadasan, I’m suspecting that your 240 bpm is doubling the beat for a 4/4 tune, so I’m suspecting you really meant 120 bpm, otherwise it would mean a lot of RSI if folks were mad enough to try it that highly fried… For the future, the count is based on the 4 beats to the bar rather than the usual 8 notes. This is also why most metronomes work below 240 bpm…

I do realize the previous contributions are for 2003…

120 ~ 145 bpm

This is a good playful range for this tune if taken as a highland. Musicians playing for dance, individually and ceili bands, sometimes played between such differences, taking it slow and making tempo changes to tease the dancers. 120 bpm, as I suspect was what Hiro meant, is a nice relaxed tempo for a highland.

Must have been about the first trad tune I ever heard, on a Jimmy Shand EP my family had in the mid-Sixties!

“Lord Seaforth” ~ some other possibilities

X: 2
T: Lord Seaforth
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: strathspey
K: Gmaj
|: A |\
G>ED>E G>AB<d | c>AB<G E2 E>A |
G>ED>E G>AB<e | d>BA<B G3 :|
g |\
(3efg d>g B>gd>B | c<AB>G E2 E>g |
e<gd>g B<gd>B | c<Ad<B G2 G>g |
(3efg d2 c>aB>g | c<AB<G E3 A |
G>ED>E G>A B2 | g>Bd<B G3 |]

Lord Seaforth’s Reel

X: 1
T: Lord Seaforth’s Reel
R: reel (originally strathspey)
B: RSCDS __-__
Z: 2007 converted to reel by John Chambers <jc:trillian.mit.edu>
M: C
L: 1/8
K: G
B | "G"GDDE "Em"GABG | "Am"cA"(G)"BG "C"~E2EA | "G"GDDE "Em"GABe | "D7"dBAB "G"G2-G :|
g | "C"eg"G"dg BgdB | "Am"cA"(G)"BG "C"~E2Eg | "C"eg"G"dg BgdB | "D7"cAdB "G"G2-G ||
g | "C"eg"G"db "Am"ca"G"Bg | "Am"cA"(G)"BG "C"~E2"D7"EA | "G"GDDE "Em"GABe | "D7"dBAB "G"G2-G |]

alright, I didn’t check the comment section. I’ll fix it.

Lord Seaforth, X:4

As played at sessions in Austin.

Lord Seaforth, X:5

A transposition in to A major

Re: Lord Seaforth

Bobby Gardiner plays this as a Polka which is preceded by Cashman’s Polka.