e2 d>c d>BB>c | A>AA>B G>AB<d | e2 d>c d>BB>d | e>gf>d e2 a2 :|]
e2 g2 a>dd>e | A>AA>B G>AB<d |e2 g2 a>dd>f |e>gf>d e2 a2 |
e2 g2 a>dd>e | A>AA>B G>AB<d | e2 d>c d>BB>d | e>gf>d e2 e2 |]
Also known as Scansen, Skansen Group.
There is 1 recording of this tune.
Skansen's has been added to 2 tunebooks.
A fairly obscure tune - I found its name in a listing of the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band’s repertoire circa 1960, and managed to transcribe it from a recording here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/6JA1KjhLTcNaHdxS2sL7Ud (last tune)
Written by Donald MacLean; I am not 100% sure if "of Lewis" or "wee", but investigations continue. I think more likely the former. It has only been published once in a US book long out of print. I’ve seen it as both Scansen and Skansen and also as Skansen Group, presumably for the now disgraced company of the same name.
I used to play this tune in the 1970s. I found it in a pipe collection in Aberdeen City Library, certainly published in Scotland, so it has been published more than once. I have just found the sheet music which I copied from the book, and have it listed as "Scansen", with a "c", not "k", and no apostrophe "s".
I don’t see it anywhere in that link - am I missing something ?
Nice tune - I like it. Thanks, both.
Sorry, I linked the album, not the track - it’s the thirteenth track on that album (the longest track title) - this is the direct link:
I don’t suppose you have a note of the collection, Kenny? I don’t think it was a well known one - it didn’t end up listed in Pekaar:
I wonder if it was the 5th Cowal Collection:
I can find very little about this book at all.
As for the spelling, it’s all over the place. The earliest I’ve found is "Scansen Group", but if it is the firm it’s definitely spelt Skansen, and that’s how Alex Duthart spelt it - he published a score for it in his book II, and I guess he picked it up from the Invergordon Distillery connection.
Who are "the Ballycastle players?"
Possibly a group of musicians brought together for the sole purpose of making a recording, or, more likely, an intermediary record company’s renaming of a pipe band to avoid having to pay royalties or licensing fees.
A plausible hypothesis has been offered, that it was written by Wee Donald MacLean, who served with the Lovat Scouts, who were based on the Faroe Islands during the war, and who were stationed at - Fort Skansin.