Vatersay Bay waltz

By William M. MacDonald

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Vatersay Bay has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Vatersay Bay
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
B<d|e4 g>f|f e3 B2|c d3 e<g|B G3 B2|
e4 g>f|f e3 B2|d G3 B2|A4 g>f|
e4 d<e|B A3 B2|c d3 B<d|e g3 B2|
A4 B<d|e A3 G2|g f3 d2|e4||
2
X: 2
T: Vatersay Bay
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B<d|e4 g>f|e4 B2|d4 e<g|BG- G2 B2|e4 g>f|e4 B2|dG- G2 B2|A4 B<d|
e4 g>f|e4 B2|d4 B<d|eg- g2 B2|A4 B<d|eA- A2 G2|gf- f2 d2|e4||
g>f|e4 d<e|B<A- A2 B2|d4 e<g|B/A/G- G2 B2|e4 g>f|e4 B2|dG- G2 B2|A4 g>f|
e4 d<e|B<A- A2 B2|d4 B<d|eg- g2 B2|A4 B<d|eA- A2 G2|gf- f2 d2|e4||

Four comments

Vatersay Bay

This is a Slow Air, not a Waltz, though it would make a very nice one.

I heard it played by the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band and also on Scottish Smallpipes.

As I understand it was written by William M. MacDonald.

Re: Vatersay Bay

You’re missing a quaver in bar 6. I suppose it should be the same as bar 2.

Re: Vatersay Bay

Good eye! That B is supposed to be a quarter-note of course, just now fixed it. Thanks!

Vatersay Bay, X:2

The second setting is transcribed from the wonderful 1990 album Tryst from Iain McInnes. The first time through is played by William Jackson on clarsach, then Iain comes in on smallpipe. It’s a beautiful air, in my opinion, and as Richard says it was composed by William M MacDonald "as he was being ferried over Vatersay Bay by the local priest for a service one Sunday" (from pipetunesearch.org).