Sands Of Loch Bee march

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One setting

X: 1
T: Sands Of Loch Bee
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dA d>e f2 f2|aA f>e df Ad|BA Bd e2 e>d|1 Be e/d/B d>e fe:|2 ea af/>e/ d2 df||
|:aA a2 f2 aA|fA f>e df Ad|BA Bd e2 e>d|1 Be e/d/B d>e fe/>f/:|2 Be e/d/B d2 d2||

Six comments

Re: The Road To Gerinish

I think this tune’s name is “The Sands of Loch Bee” by Pipe Major George Milton. And I think the tune popularly known as “The Sands of Loch Bee” is actually “The Road to Gerinish” by Pipe Major John MacDonald.

Re: The Road To Gerinish

The above tune is called the Sands of Loch Bee. I have not seen it ever as the Road to Gerinish. There is another tune called the Road to Garrinish

Re: The Road To Gerinish

The confusion comes from several recorded versions of “The Road to Gerinish” which are erroneously titled “The Sands of Loch Bee”. For example, The Battlefield Band’s ‘New Spring’ album (1991), An Teallach’s album ‘The Plough and the Stars’ (1987), and The Tour-a-Rural Band’s ‘Accidental Death of an Accordionist’ (2008) - all recorded “The Road to Gerinish” but called it “The Sands of Loch Bee”. I suspect there may be an influential record from which sprang all the others.

Sorry to hear about your shoulder problems, Robert.

Re: The Road To Gerinish

Thanks Nigel. Even Douglas Muir of the John Ellis Highland dance band called the tune Sands of Loch Bee. What are your comments about the Road to Garrinish tune

Re: Sands Of Loch Bee

A bagpipe version of “The Road to Gerinish” was published decades ago in John MacLellan’s collection “Ceòl beag agus ceòl mòr” (Paterson’s Publications, London, 1982). It is the same tune that appears on this page, albeit in a different setting, and on the City of Wellington CD cited by Gian Marco above. “The Sands of Loch Bee” is a different tune, despite “The Road to Gerinish” being given its name in various bits of the Net. Here is a YouTube URL for the “Sands”: