The Headlands march

Also known as Da Headlands, The Headlands March.

There are 10 recordings of this tune.

The Headlands has been added to 19 tune sets.

The Headlands has been added to 148 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

1
X: 1
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e>c|d>c B>A B<c E>A|F<A d>f ~e2 (3efg|a>e f<a f>e d<c|c>B A<c B2 c>B|
d>c B>A B<c E>A|F>A d>f ~a2 g>f|e<a e>c B>f e>d|c2 ~A2 A4|
2
X: 2
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F<Ad>f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c | c>BA<c B2 c>B |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F>Ad>f a2 g>f | e<ae>c B>fe>d | c2 A2 A2 :|
a>ef<a e>dc<a | d>ef<a e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c |1 c>ba<c b2 (3efg |
a>ef<a e>dc<a | d>ef<a a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe<d | c2 A2 A2 :|
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F>Ad>f ~a2 g>f | e<ae>c B>fe>d | c2 A2 A2 ||
3
X: 3
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
dcBA A<cE>A | FAdf e2 ef/g/ | a>efa fedc | c>BAc B2 e>d |
dcBA A<cE>A | FAdf a2 gf | eaAc Bfed | c2 A2 A2 :|
a>efa cecA | dAdf e2 ef/g/ | a>efa fedc |1 c>BAc B2 ef/g/ |
aeea cecA | dAdf a2 gf | eaAc Bfed | c2 A2 A2 :|
dcBA A<cE>A | FAdf a2 gf | eaAc Bfed | c2 A2 A2 ||
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "E7" - | "A" - "F#m" - | "B7" - "E7" - |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "D" - | "A" - "E7" - | "A" "D" "A" :|
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "E7" - | "A" - "F#m" - |1 "B7" - "E7" - |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "D" - | "A" - "E7" - | "A" "D" "A" :|
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "D" - | "A" - "E7" - | "A" "D" "A" ||
4
X: 4
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cBAG G<BD>G | EGce d3 e/f/ | g>f ef/g/ edcB | B>AGB A3 d/c/ |
cBAG G<BD>G | E>G (3cde g3 f/e/ | dgGB Aedc | B2 G>F G2 :|
g>deg B<dBG | cGce d3 e/f/ | g>deg e<dcB |1 B>AG<B A3 e/f/ |
gg/f/ ee/d/ B/c/d BG | c>Gce g2 fe | dgGB Aedc | B2 G>G G2 :|
cBAG G<BD>G | EGce g2 fe | dgGB Aed>c | B2 G2 G2 ||
d>cB<A A>cEA | F>Ad<f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>edc | c>BA<c B2 e<c |
d>cB<A A>cEA | F>Ad<f a2 g>f | e<ae<c B>fed | c2 A2 A2 :|
a>ef<a c<ec<A | d>Ad<f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>edc |1 c>BAc B2 (3efg |
a>ef<a c>ec<A | d>cd<f a2 gf | e<ae<c B>fed | c>A (3AAA A2 :|
d>cB<A A<cEA | fA (3def a3 g/f/ | e<ae<c B>fed | c3 A A2 :|
5
X: 5
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e>c|d>c B>A B<c E>A|F<A d>f ~e2 (3efg|a>e f<a f>e d<c|c>B A<c B2 c>B|
d>c B>A B<c E>A|F>A d>f ~a2 g>f|e<a e>c B>f e>d|c2 ~A2 A2:|
|: (3efg | a>e f<a c>e c<A | d>A d<f e2 (3efg | a>e f<a f>e d<c |1 c>B A<c B2 (3efg |
a>e e<a c>e c<A | d>A d<f a2 g>f | e<a A>c B>f e>d | ~c2 A2 A2 :|2 c>B Ac B2 e>d |
d>c B>A A<c E>A | F>A d>f ~a2 g>f | e<a A>c B>f e>d | ~c2 A2 A2 ||
6
X: 6
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F<Ad>f ~e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c | c>BA<c B2 c>B |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F>Ad>f ~a2 g>f | e<ae>c B>fe>d | c2 ~A2 A2 :|
a>ef<a c>ec<A | d>Ad<f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c |
[1 c>BA<c B2 (3efg | a>ee<a c>ec<A | d>Ad<f a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe>d | ~c2 A2 A2 :|
[2 c>BAc B2 e>d | d>cB>A A<cE>A | F>Ad>f ~a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe>d | ~c2 A2 A2 |]
7
X: 7
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e>c | dc BA A<c E>A | FA df e2 ef/g/ | a>e fa fe dc | c>B Ac B2 e>c |
dc BA A<c E>A | FA df a2 gf | ea Ac Bf ed |1 c2 A2 A2 :|2 c2 A2 A2 ef/g/ ||
a>e fa ce cA | dA df e2 ef/g/ | a>e fa fe dc | c>B Ac B2 ef/g/ |
a>e fa ce cA | dA df a2 gf | ea Ac Bf ed | c2 A2 A2 ef/g/ |
a>e fa ce cA | dA df e2 ef/g/ | a>e fa fe dc | c>B Ac B2 e>c |
dc BA c2 E>A | FA df a2 gf | ea Ac Bf ed | c2 A2 A2 ||
# Added by DomW .
8
X: 8
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:d>cB>A B<cE>A|F<Ad>f e2 (3efg|a>ef<a f>ed<c|c>BA<c B2 c>B|
d>cB>A B<cE>A|F<Ad>f a2 g>f|e<ae>c B>fe<d|c2 A2 A4:||
|:a>ef<a e>dc<a | d>ef<a e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c |c>BA<c B2 (3efg |
a>ef<a e>dc<a | d>ef<a a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe<d | c2 A2 A2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
9
X: 9
T: The Headlands
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:c>BA>G A<BD>G|E<Gc>e d2 (3def|g>de<g e>dc<B|B>AG<B A2 B>A|
c>BA>G A<BD>G|E<Gc>e g2 f>e|d<gd>B A>ed<c|B2 G2 G4:||
|:g>de<g d>cB<g | c>de<g d2 (3def | g>de<g e>dc<B |B>AG<B A2 (3def |
g>de<g d>cB<g | c>de<g g2 f>e | d<gG>B A>ed<c | B2 G2 G2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-two comments

Name of the tune …

I got this tune off of "Leahy" by Leahy, and on this site this tune is listed as ‘Shetland Reels,’ though it is certainly not a reel, or even multiple reels. This tune is followed by ‘captain campbell’

But …

I guess that (the name) doesn’t really have a bearing on the tune anyhow. Like in ‘I buried my wife and danced on her grave’ … (unless it does have some bearing on the tune which I’m missing)

Also

I mean, doesn’t necessarily have an apparent bearing on the tune

Wow I’m being really incoherent

okay, just ignore the last couple of comments because that’s not really what I meant to say at all, if you were going to comment on my comments … so just ignore it

Headlands

Hi - I know this tune as Headlands, and I’d play it as a 2/4 march. Followed by the Barren Rocks of Aden and then either Dornoch Links or Waiting for the Federals.

Headlands

Is a march written by the late Ronnie Cooper of Shetland (the name comes from a house)

2nd part

I was thinking of posting this tune. But I see it’s here. However, it seems to be missing the 2nd part. Some Cape Breton fiddlers (which i am not) play this tune, i am pretty sure, as a 2 part strathspey.

The second part goes:
(3efg | a>e fd ce fe fe db a

aaaaaaaaah! How annoying. my second part got cut up.

(3efg ae fa ed ca de fa e2 (3efg ae fa fe dc cb ac b2 now repeat first part with 2nd ending

I cant put the dots in here because the carrot things dont work. But the pattern is dotted, undotted, undotted, dotted. And thats pretty strictly adhered to as I’ve heard it.

I know in Scotland, though, like drizz says, they play it as a march.

"The Headlands March" ~ composed by Shetland musician Ronnie Cooper

As it is also called and known on the isle of Cape Breton…

Here follows an attempt to make sense out of the notes contributed here first by ‘micelfife’ and then by ‘m_gavin’, later I’ll add another transcription, but for now, here goes ~

M: 4/4 (can also be found notated in 2/4)
L: 1/8
R: march
K: A Major
e>c |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F<Ad>f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c | c>BA<c B2 c>B |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F>Ad>f a2 g>f | e<ae>c B>fe>d | c2 A2 A2 :|
(3efg |
a>ef<a e>dc<a | d>ef<a e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c |1 c>ba<c b2 (3efg |
a>ef<a e>dc<a | d>ef<a a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe<d | c2 A2 A2 :|
2 c>ba<c b2 e>c |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F>Ad>f ~a2 g>f | e<ae>c B>fe>d | c2 A2 A2 ||

"The Headlands March"

~ gleaned from ‘The Nottingham Music Database, their notes followed by their choice of chords. I couldn’t find who did the notation or the choosing but this should give something else to compare. I’ve changed it from 2/4 to 4/4 for easier comparison:

K: A Major
|: ed |
dcBA A<cE>A | FAdf e2 ef/g/ | a>efa fedc | c>BAc B2 e>d |
dcBA A<cE>A | FAdf a2 gf | eaAc Bfed | c2 A2 A2 :|
|: ef/g/ |
a>efa cecA | dAdf e2 ef/g/ | a>efa fedc |1 c>BAc B2 ef/g/ |
aeea cecA | dAdf a2 gf | eaAc Bfed | c2 A2 A2 :|
2 c>BAc B2 e>d |
dcBA A<cE>A | FAdf a2 gf | eaAc Bfed | c2 A2 A2 ||

|: "E7" |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "E7" - | "A" - "F#m" - | "B7" - "E7" - |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "D" - | "A" - "E7" - | "A" "D" "A" :|
|: "E7" |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "E7" - | "A" - "F#m" - |1 "B7" - "E7" - |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "D" - | "A" - "E7" - | "A" "D" "A" :|
2 "B7" - "E7" - |
"A" - "A" - | "D" - "D" - | "A" - "E7" - | "A" "D" "A" ||

"The Headlands March" ~ a few more options

"The Headlands March"
K: G Major
|: d>c |
cBAG G<BD>G | EGce d3 e/f/ | g>f ef/g/ edcB | B>AGB A3 d/c/ |
cBAG G<BD>G | E>G (3cde g3 f/e/ | dgGB Aedc | B2 G>F G2 :|
|: d/e/f |
g>deg B<dBG | cGce d3 e/f/ | g>deg e<dcB |1 B>AG<B A3 e/f/ |
gg/f/ ee/d/ B/c/d BG | c>Gce g2 fe | dgGB Aedc | B2 G>G G2 :|
2 B>AGB A2 d>c |
cBAG G<BD>G | EGce g2 fe | dgGB Aed>c | B2 G2 G2 ||

"The Headlands March"
K: A Major
|: e>d |
d>cB<A A>cEA | F>Ad<f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>edc | c>BA<c B2 e<c |
d>cB<A A>cEA | F>Ad<f a2 g>f | e<ae<c B>fed | c2 A2 A2 :|
|: (3efg |
a>ef<a c<ec<A | d>Ad<f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>edc |1 c>BAc B2 (3efg |
a>ef<a c>ec<A | d>cd<f a2 gf | e<ae<c B>fed | c>A (3AAA A2 :|
2 c>B (3ABc B3 e |
d>cB<A A<cEA | fA (3def a3 g/f/ | e<ae<c B>fed | c3 A A2 :|

Shetland Reels - Leahy style

Okay, here is a bit of a bare-bones attempt of the Leahy take on Sheltand Reels (with the dotted quarter, sixteenths):

T: Shetland Reels
M:4/4
K: A Major
e>c|d>c B>A B<c E>A|F<A d>f ~e2 (3efg|a>e f<a f>e d<c|c>B A<c B2 c>B|
d>c B>A B<c E>A|F>A d>f ~a2 g>f|e<a e>c B>f e>d|c2 ~A2 A2:|
|: (3efg | a>e f<a c>e c<A | d>A d<f e2 (3efg | a>e f<a f>e d<c |1 c>B A<c B2 (3efg |
a>e e<a c>e c<A | d>A d<f a2 g>f | e<a A>c B>f e>d | ~c2 A2 A2 :|2 c>B Ac B2 e>d |
d>c B>A A<c E>A | F>A d>f ~a2 g>f | e<a A>c B>f e>d | ~c2 A2 A2 ||

"The Headlands March" ~ by Ronnie Cooper

Jeffrey’s bare bones renamed and reset for the sake of my sense…

X: 1134
T: The Headlands March
C: Ronnie Cooper
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: A Major
|: e>c |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F<Ad>f ~e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c | c>BA<c B2 c>B |
d>cB>A B<cE>A | F>Ad>f ~a2 g>f | e<ae>c B>fe>d | c2 ~A2 A2 :|
|: (3efg |
a>ef<a c>ec<A | d>Ad<f e2 (3efg | a>ef<a f>ed<c |
[1 c>BA<c B2 (3efg | a>ee<a c>ec<A | d>Ad<f a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe>d | ~c2 A2 A2 :|
[2 c>BAc B2 e>d | d>cB>A A<cE>A | F>Ad>f ~a2 g>f | e<aA>c B>fe>d | ~c2 A2 A2 |]

Ronnie Cooper

Josephine Keegan has composed a powerful reel , named Ronnie Cooper, in honor of the great man. It is currently being profiled as tune of the week over in the comhaltas site, complete with video of musicians playing it, plus the notation.

Idiot

Who called this "Jean’s Reel" ?

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Also

Come to that, why is it still titled, "Shetland Reels" , since both the correct title and composer have been identified ?

Posted by .

Agreed — "Shetland Reels" is frankly silly given that it’s neither complete, nor even a single reel at all. I linked from Catriona MacDonald’s "Bold" album, surprised that what was obviously a set recorded on the album was somehow turned into a single tune…and unrelated to this, obviously.

Re: The Headlands

The Headlands was written as a March and that is the way it is always played in Shetland. I think the sign of a good March is if it swings naturally, and my God, this swings as a March! JACKB’s first version above in A (still classified as a strathspey although not written as such) is the nearest to RonnieCooper’s version. It is published with an E and D as the anacrusis, but I always think the E and C# sound more melodic. Also the 4th last bar should be the same as bar 5.
I have tried playing it as a strathspey - it just isn’t!

Re: The Headlands

Forgive me, but as ‘not even a beginner’ I am puzzled by the choice of key for various tunes. Namely the Headlands which seems to be only in ‘A’. My ability is beyond questionable as at 81 it is doubtful if I will ever achieve even poor beginner status. However I love, and always have, our Scottish music which I can get by reasonably on a harmonica but really wish to manage a ‘box’
Again excuse ignorance, but trying to understand, I was going to say finer, points but guess even the basics are still a bit of a mystery.
Hope my ignorance doesn’t upset anyone on here.

Re: The Headlands

Hello Mr Smith. There are a lot of people who don’t like the key of A, mostly to do with which instrument they play. For example, penny whistle players have to learn new techniques in order to play the G sharp note, and many would rather just change the key of the tune. You’ll find that tunes posted in the key of A on this site follow quickly with a setting in G.

Did you know that there was a Monday harmonica session in Sandy Bells once a fortnight - at least there was way back when people left their house. Hopefully when everything returns to normal, it will restart.