Wee Totum Fogg three-two

Also known as Wee Willie Gray.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Wee Totum Fogg has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Wee Totum Fogg
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Amix
a2 ga f2 | ge eg fe | da ca B/c/d | cA AB cA :||
A/B/c/d/ eA cB | GB Bd cA | A/B/c/d/ eA cB | GB Bd c/B/A:||
X: 2
T: Wee Totum Fogg
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: a2 ga f2 | ge eg fe | da ca Bd | cA Ac BA :|
|: A/B/c/d/ eA cA | GB Bd cB | A/B/c/d/ eA cA | GB Bd cA :|
X: 3
T: Wee Totum Fogg
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d/2e/2f/2g/2 ad fd|ce eg fe|d/2e/2f/2g/2 ad fd|Ad df ed:|
|:d2 c2 Bd|cA Ac BA|g2 f2 eg|fd df ed:|

Eight comments

Wee Totum Fogg

Here is the transcription I did of this old Scottish (3/2) hornpipe from the tune played by Chris Norman on The Caledonian Flute. There is another version here (https://tunearch.org/wiki/Wee_Totum_Fogg) but I prefer the one played on this album.

Re: Wee Totum Fogg

Note length should be 1/4 instead of 1/8 but I don’t know how to change it.

Re: Wee Totum Fogg

You’ve put the bar lines in the wrong place in the second part, should be:
A/B/c/d/ eA cB | GB Bd cA | A/B/c/d/ eA cB | GB Bd c/B/A :||

Burns used this tune for his song Wee Willie Gray.

Wee Willie Gray and his leather wallet,
Peel a willow-wand to be him boots and jacket!
The rose upon the brier will be him trouse and doublet -
The rose upon the brier will be him trouse and doublet!

Wee Willie Gray and his leather wallet,
Twice a lily-flower will be him sark and gravat!
Feathers of a flie wad feather up his bonnet -
Feathers of a flie wad feather up his bonnet!

Wee Totum Fogg, X:2

I’ve added the version I play, just a couple of differences to the first setting. I’ve given it the key of Amix, seems more appropriate to me.

Re: Wee Totum Fogg

This is a bagpiper’s misunderstanding 0f the tune usually called Rusty Gulley
https://thesession.org/tunes/1208 - the first version on this page is OK
The biggest faults in the setting are the last bar, which should end on the tonic rather than repeating the previous-but-one bar, and the use of Mixolydian rather than Ionian scale.
I know that "should" is prescriptive, but if you are familiar with the several written versions which predate this 1980s setting by centuries, you know where I’m coming from.
It’s possible to play the tune on 9-note pipes in the key of D by simply transposing two bars, as in X:3 here.

Re: Wee Totum Fogg

So is the setting in Gordon Mooney’s book the first time it appears in a 9 note pipe version? He has it in A major but almost all the tunes in that book are notated with three sharps which I always presumed was a mistake.

Re: Wee Totum Fogg

I believe you are correct on both counts Mr Bagpie (hi Steve).
Let’s leave it there.