The Last march

By John Morris Rankin

Also known as The Last.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Last has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Last has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Last
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:"D" f>e f<a f2 e>c|"E" B>A B<e "A" c2 B>A|"Bm7" F2 E>F A>B c<e|f>e f<a "A" c2 c<e|
"D" f>e f<a f2 e>c|"E" B>A B<e "A" c2 B>A|"Bm7" F2 E>F A>B c<A|1 "E" B>A B<c "A" A4:|2 "E" B>A B<c "A" A2 A>G||
|:"F#m" F2 E>F A>B c<e|"E" f>e f<a "A" c2 (3cde|"Bm7" f<a e<f B>c f<c|"E" B>B (3cBA "A" B>c B<A|
"F#m" F2 E>F A>B c<e|"E" f>e f<a "A" c2 (3cde|"Bm7" f<a e<f B>c f<c|"E" B>A B<c "A" A4:|
2
X: 2
T: The Last
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"C" e>d e<g e2 d>B|"D" A>G A<d "G" B2 A<G|"Am7" E2 D>E G>A B<d|e>d e<g "G" B2 (3Bcd|
"C" e>d e<g e2 d>B|"D" A>G A<d "G" B2 A<G|"Am7" E2 D>E G>A B<G|1 "D" A>G A<B "G" G4:|2 "D" A>G A<B "G" G2 G>F||
|:"Em" E2 D>E G>A B<d|"D" e>d e<g "G" B2 (3Bcd|"Am7" e<g d<e A>B e<B|"D" A>A (3BAG "G" A>B A<G|
"Em" E2 D>E G>A B<d|"D" e>d e<g "G" B2 (3Bcd|"Am7" e<g d<e A>B d<B|"D" A>G A<B "G" G4:|
3
X: 3
T: The Last
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f>e f<a f2 e<c|B>A B<e c2 B<A|F2 E<F A>B c<e|f>e f<a c2 (3cde|
f>e f<a f2 e<c|B>A B<e c2 B<A|F2 E<F A>B c<A|B>A B<c A4:|
|:F2 E<F A>B c<e|f>e f<a c2 (3cde|f<a e<f B>c f<c|B4 B<c B<A|
F2 E<F A>B c<e|f>e f<a c2 (3cde|e<f c<e B>c e<c|B>A B<c A4:|

Four comments

The Last March

As the name would suggest, this is not actually a strathspey, but a march, written by the late John Morris Rankin. I heard it said that they found this tune in the cache of one of his old keyboards when someone happened to hit "play" while parsing through his stuff.

This is the version in Amaj. Still working on the Gmaj one arranged by Braebach.

The Last March, X:2

The version arranged by Breabach in Gmaj, as heard on the Celtic Colours 2018 compilation.

Re: The Last

It was fiddler Howie MacDonald (longtime member of the Rankin Family band) who found the tune; I have heard him tell the story. He borrowed a piano, and there it was. Great tune.

The Last March, X:3

Here’s a transcription based on two fiddle renditions which are melodically identical but a bit different from original post here - a few more Scotch snaps and some melodic differences in the B music.

X:3
T:The Last March
C:John Morris Rankin (1959-2000)
O:Cape Breton, Canada
N:Found posthumously, recorded on an electric piano
N:cf https://youtu.be/vqbtFUmS1b0

N:& https://youtu.be/TWxg5wRvCO8

Z:Jem Hammond, 11:11:2021, transcribed from the linked YT videos by Tim Chaisson & by Shelly Campbell
R:March
M:C
L:1/8
K:A
f>e f<a f2 e<c|B>A B<e c2 B<A|F2 E<F A>B c<e|f>e f<a c2 (3cde|
f>e f<a f2 e<c|B>A B<e c2 B<A|F2 E<F A>B c<A|B>A B<c A4:|]
|:F2 E<F A>B c<e|f>e f<a c2 (3cde|f<a e<f B>c f<c|B4 B<c B<A|
F2 E<F A>B c<e|f>e f<a c2 (3cde|e<f c<e B>c e<c|B>A B<c A4:|]