Composed by Canadian piper, ( and drummer, too, so I’ve been told ), Colin Magee. Recorded by "Battlefield Band" and "Ossian".
Dublin piper and whistle player Peter Phelan played this at the Willie Clancy Week flute and whistle recital this year, and I stumbled across him teaching it to 3 whistle players the next day.
We had great fun playing and discussing the tune. A modern classic of "kitchen-piping".
I’ve heard Peter Phelan play it before, but only the first three parts. The above setting is more or less that which appears in Ceol na Fidhle, Vol. IV - Highland Tunes for the Fiddle (probably taken from a bagpipe collection). I’ve heard a variation to the third part, which goes something like this:
|:Aaa Bac|aad aea|faa eaa|dac aBa|
Aaa Bac|aad aea|faa gec|ABc d3:|
Should the 7th bar of the first part end on a c instead of a d, as do the 3rd and 4th parts?
The abc’s seem to suggest you have already made a change to the 4th part - end on an ‘e’.
Correction: Peter Phelan plays the whole tune. I must have been thinking of someone else.
Also, the Ceol na Fidhle setting has a straightforward repeat in the 2nd part - i.e. without the 2nd time variation.
By the way, it’s in Dmaj rather than Amix.
I too stumbled across Peter playing this amazing tune in Miltown Malbay, but was in a fiddle class instead. The following year I was inspired to join the whistle class and forgot all about this tune. What a great surprise to see it here whilst digging out some old Battlefield LPs.
Written for Jamie Troy’s and Louise Troy’s Wedding on June 7th, 1975, by Colin Magee
I know this one from an old Robert Matheson recording; grace notes No matter how many times I rewound I couldn’t get that 4th part . I eventually found it in one of his books. Sigh
Ive played this one with Peter myself , a gentleman.
It was also recorded in 3 parts by Nomos on their first Album but a rather poor setting when you consider the whole tune! guess I wasnt the only one to have trouble picking it up by ear in those days! 🙂
correction 3rd part not 4th. !
However the 3rd part you have here is different to Matheson’s, where did you get it? I play it as creature’s setting posted above[ which I just noticed after writing the ABC out! damn. ] I think my friend Mark taught Liz the ‘4 part setting at one point after the CD was released.
and the other two tunes in the Matheson set are GREAT! Gael force wind is one I think ,been a long time since I played that set, not very common.
yes google gave me;
Finlay M MacFae / Troy’s Wedding / Iain’s Wedding / Gaelforce Wind
I used to play them all….
The first tune title in that set, "piobagusfidil" is Finlay M MacRae, not "MacFae". Finlay was a great piper, a pupil of Willie Ross, and I’m pleased to report, still in good health at the the age of 83. When we visited him and his wife a month or so ago, we got to talking about piping as usual, not that I’m in any way an expert on it like Finlay is. He said at one point, "Do you know, Kenny, I started playing the pipes when I was 7, so I suppose I’ve been a piper for 76 years". I said, "Aye Finlay, you must have played a few notes in that time". "Aye, aye…" he replied, " mind you, I missed quite a few as well". Now there speaks a true musician. 🙂
I was about to judge this tune by the A part and move on. Would have been my loss. Thanks for posting.
Re: Troy’s Wedding, First setting.
I was playing this tune, and I thought the 3rd part had an usual pattern. I was wondering if there was any "popular" way of playing it? I’ve tried a variety of bowings, and even though the rhythm is fine, it still seems as though something’s not quite right.
Does anyone have any particular way of bowing this part?
Re: Troy’s Wedding
Re: Troy’s Wedding
Played by "Battlefield Band" - starts @ 2m18s :
Troy’s Wedding, X:3
As per Robert Mathieson .
Re: Troy’s Wedding - bowing
Hi Anne Wilson, You asking about the bowing for the third part of Troys’ Wedding. What I’ve found that works is to just use single bowing, but accent the climbing notes as that what you hear on the pipes, and try to play the top A’s a little more lightly. The ascending notes give a syncopated rhythm through the first two bars of the part - so try thinking of it as 123 12 123 12 12 (instead of 123 123 123 123) and then accent the first note of each group of two or three notes. It’s kind of a good example of a driven up bow but applied to pipe jigs instead of strathspeys. Gook luck!