Chanter’s Song polka

Also known as The Chanter’s March, The Chanter’s Song, Chanter’s Tune, Chanter’s Tune, The Chanter’s Tune, Song Of The Chanter, The Song Of The Chanter.

There are 27 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Allistrum’s March (a few times).

Chanter’s Song has been added to 10 tune sets.

Chanter's Song has been added to 287 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DD AG/E/|DD cB/c/|dA AG/E/|cB/c/ AG/E/|
DD AG/E/|DD cB/c/|dA AG/E/|D2 D2:|
|:A>B cB/c/|A/G/A/B/ cB/c/|dA AG/E/|cB/c/ AG/E/|
DD AG/E/|DD cB/c/|dA AG/E/|D2 D2:|
X: 2
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: D2 D2 A2 GE | D2 D2 c2 Bc | d2 A2 A2 GA | c2 Bc AGFE |
D2 D2 A2 GE | D2 D2 c2 Bc | d2 A2 AGFE | D4 D4 :|
|: A3 B c3 B | AGAB c2 Bc | d2 A2 A2 GA | c2 Bc AGFE |
D2 D2 A2 GE | D2 D2 c2 Bc | d2 A2 AGFE | D4 D4 :|
X: 3
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: DD AG/E/ | DD cB/c/ | dA AG/A/ | cB/c/ A/G/F/E/ |
DD AG/E/ | DD cB/c/ | dA AG/A/ | D2 D2 :|
|: A>B c>B | A/G/A/B/ cB/c/ | dA AG/A/ | cB/c/ A/G/F/E/ |
DD AG/E/ | DD cB/c/ | dA A/G/F/E/ | D2 D2 :|
X: 4
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2A2 e2dB|A2A2 g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|g2fg e2dB|
A2A2 e2dB|A2A2 g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|A4 A4:||
edef g2fg|edef g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|g2fg e2dB|
A2A2 e2dB|A2A2 g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|A4 A4:||
X: 5
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A2{c/}A2 ~e2dB|{c/}AG{c/}A2 ~g g{a/}g|a2e2 ~e2dB|!slide!g2fag ed/c/B/|
A2{c/}A2 ~e2dB|{c/}AG{c/}A2 ~g g{a/}g|a2e2 ~e2dB|1A2 {c/}AGAGEG:|2A2 {c/}AGA4|
{a/}edef ~g2fg|{a/}edef ~g2fg|gae2 ~e2dB|g2fag ed/c/B/|
A2{c/}A2 ~e2dB|{c/}AG{c/}A2 ~g g{a/}g|a2e2 ~e2dB|A2 {c/}AGA4:|
X: 6
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
EE BA/F/|EE dc/d/|eB BA/F/|dc/d/ BA/F/|
EE BA/F/|EE dc/d/|eB BA/F/|E2 E2:|
|:B>c dc/d/|B/A/B/c/ dc/d/|eB BA/F/|dc/d/ BA/F/|
EE BA/F/|EE dc/d/|eB BA/F/|E2 E2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Chanter's Song
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DD AG/E/|DD cB/c/|dA AG/E/|cB/c/ AG/E/|
DD AG/E/|DD cB/c/|dA AG/E/|D2 D2:|
|:AA/B/ cB/c/|A/G/A/B/ cB/c/|dA AG/E/|cB/c/ AG/E/|
DD AG/E/|DD cB/c/|dA AG/E/|D2 D2:|
# Added by JACKB .

Seventeen comments

Chanter’s Song

This is one of the Marches for this quarter at Riley School of Irish Music

This tune shows up in the Chieftains "The Celtic Harp" album on Track 7. They put the Sonny Brogan mazurkas in a medley with it, and it really sounds nice. A great tune!

Whoops! Sorry, I gave bad information - it’s actually on Track 4 of that CD…

Hmm… haven’t listened to that album yet… guess it’s off to the library!

“The March Of The King Of Laiose” / “The Chanter’s Song” ~ duplication 2007

Key signature: D Dorian
Submitted on February 10th 2007 by ubendum.
https://thesession.org/tunes/6787

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: D Dorian
|: D2 D2 A2 GE | D2 D2 c2 Bc | d2 A2 A2 GA | c2 Bc AGFE |
D2 D2 A2 GE | D2 D2 c2 Bc | d2 A2 AGFE | D4 D4 :|
|: A3 B c3 B | AGAB c2 Bc | d2 A2 A2 GA | c2 Bc AGFE |
D2 D2 A2 GE | D2 D2 c2 Bc | d2 A2 AGFE | D4 D4 :|

"Played to death in the early 1970’s I know, especially by every wannabe whistle player. Worse still it was used on TV during THAT football season. I am aware this sends shivvers up many spines for all the wrong reasons. It is still a brilliant tune though, and there is a whole new generation have grown up who have no bad associations to go with it. As a tune for three or more whistles to play together, yes with percussion, just classic."

# Posted on February 10th 2007 by ubendum

NOTE: The above trancription is not "The March of the King of Laois", a tune which is in 6/8 time…

“The Chanter’s Song” / “Song of the Chanter” ~ ubendum’s transcript

Here is the previous transcription in 2/4 for a clearer comparison of the two:

M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: D Dorian
|: DD AG/E/ | DD cB/c/ | dA AG/A/ | cB/c/ A/G/F/E/ |
DD AG/E/ | DD cB/c/ | dA AG/A/ | D2 D2 :|
|: A>B c>B | A/G/A/B/ cB/c/ | dA AG/A/ | cB/c/ A/G/F/E/ |
DD AG/E/ | DD cB/c/ | dA A/G/F/E/ | D2 D2 :|

Willie Clancy recorded The Song of the Chanter but on which recording escapes me now

Posted .

Alternate tuning on fiddle

Has anyone tried playing this on a fiddle tuned DDAD rather than GDAE? I was just mucking around and gave it a try, droning down one string from whichever I was playing on the A section and droning up for the B. The richness is amazing.

A great piping tune, sits nicely on the drones.
I’ve never heard it played on the Highland pipes but it is most suited to it. Here’s a transcription -remember that ‘Less is more’ here, as often.

X:1
M: 2/2
L: 1/8
R: march
K:A Mixolydian
A2A2 e2dB|A2A2 g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|g2fg e2dB|
A2A2 e2dB|A2A2 g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|A4 A4:||
edef g2fg|edef g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|g2fg e2dB|
A2A2 e2dB|A2A2 g2fg|a2e2 e2dB|A4 A4:||

John McSherry on Idir

This is my attempt to transcribe John McSherry’s playing of Song of the Chanter on At First Light’s Idir CD.

Chanter’s Song (Fras Dìle Version)

First Track on ‘Fras’, Dìle Album