The Piper’s Despair reel

Also known as Curly Mick, Curly Mike, Éadóchas Na BPíobairí, Pipers Despair, The Pipers Despair, The Pipers’ Despair.

There are 57 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Farewell To Erin (a few times), Farewell To Ireland (a few times), The Hare’s Paw (a few times), Launching The Boat (a few times) and London Lasses (a few times).

The Piper’s Despair has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Piper's Despair has been added to 245 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:EFGA BAFA|BdAd dBAD|1 D2FD ADFA|
BdAd dBAF:|2 DEFA dfag|gfed Bcde||
|:e2ge begf|efga bfaf|1 de~f2 af~f2|
df~f2 fedf:|2 ~d3e fggf|gfed Bcde||
# Added by JD .
X: 2
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:EFGA BAFA|B/c/d ec dBAF|D2 F/E/D ADFA|Bdec dBAF|
|EFGA BA A/A/A|B/c/d ec dBAF|D2 FA dfaf|1 gfed Be e2 :|2 gfed Beef||
|e2 g/f/e begf|efga bgaf|d2 fd Adfe|defg afdf|
|e2 ge begf|efga bgaf|~d3f a2 af|1 gfed Beef:|2 gfed Be e2 ||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: EFGA BAFA | ~B3 c dBAF | D2 BD ADF/G/A | Bdce dBAF |
EFGA BAFA | B/c/d ec dBAF | DAFA dfaf | gfed Beed :|
|: efge bege | bege befe | d2 d/d/d aded | Bd d/d/d fgfd |
eBB/B/B bBgf | efga bgaf | defd gaaf | gfed Beed :|
X: 4
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: EFGA BAFA | (3Bcd AB dBAF | DFDF ADFA | A2 FA dBAF |
EFGA BAFA | (3Bcd AB dBAF | DEFG dfaf | gfed Be e2 :||
|:ef (3gfe bege | efga b2 af | df f2 af f2 | df f2 agfd |
ef (3gfe bege | efga b2 af | dcdf a3f | gfed Be e2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2GA BAFA|B2ce dBAF| D2AB AD2E|FABe dBAF|
EFGA BAFA|B2ce dBAF| DEFA defa|gef^d Be 3^def|
|:e2ga bgaf|e2ga bgaf|1 d2ed a2fe |^def^d e^dB^d :|2 d2ed a2fa|
gef^d Be 3^def||
# Added by cag .
X: 6
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
GF |: EFGA BAFA | (3Bcd Ad (3Bcd AF | D2 FD ADFD | (3Bcd Ad (3Bcd AF |
EFGA BAFA | (3Bcd Ad (3Bcd AF | D2 FD AF F2 |1 Beed BGAF :|2 Beed Beed||
|: efga begb | egbe gbeg | defg adfa | dfad fadf |
efga begb | egbe gbeg | defg afdf |1 (3gfe fd e2 (3Bcd:|2 (3gfe fd e2||
X: 7
T: The Piper's Despair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EFGA BAFA|d2 AB dBAF|D2 DF ADFA|d2 AB dBAF|
EFGA BAFA|d2 AB dBAF|DEFA dfaf|gfed Be e2:||
e2(3gfe begf|efga bfaf|d ~f3 a ~f3|defd edBd|
e2(3gfe begf|efga bfaf|dcdf a2 af|gfed Be e2:||

Sixteen comments

Pipe notation?

is there notation for bagpipes for this? would be a fun tune to play

20 seconds later…

the answer is yes…

The Piper’s Despair

Here’s another setting of the tune, for fiddle.

X: 1
T: Piper’s Despair
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: E Dorian
|:EFGA BAFA|B/c/d ec dBAF|D2 F/E/D ADFA|Bdec dBAF|
|EFGA BA A/A/A|B/c/d ec dBAF|D2 FA dfaf|1 gfed Be e2 :|2 gfed Beef||
|e2 g/f/e begf|efga bgaf|d2 fd Adfe|defg afdf|
|e2 ge begf|efga bgaf|~d3f a2 af|1 gfed Beef:|2 gfed Be e2 ||

Posted .

Also, the name is aptly used to entitle a book about pipe reeds.

“The Piper’s Despair” ~ and another via gian marco

K: Edor
EFGA BAFA|~B3c dBAF|D2BD ADF/G/A|Bdce dBAF|
EFGA BAFA|B/c/d ec dBAF|DAFA dfaf|gfed Beed:|:
efge bege|bege befe|d2d/d/d aded|Bd d/d/d fgfd|
eBB/B/B bBgf|efga bgaf|defd gaaf|gfed Beed:|

Submitted on December 25th 2005 by gian marco.

My Version

X: 1
T: Piper’s Despair, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
|: EFGA BAFA | (3Bcd AB dBAF | DFDF ADFA | A2 FA dBAF |
EFGA BAFA | (3Bcd AB dBAF | DEFG dfaf | gfed Be e2 :||
|:ef (3gfe bege | efga b2 af | df f2 af f2 | df f2 agfd |
ef (3gfe bege | efga b2 af | dcdf a3f | gfed Be e2 :||

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Piper’s Dispair

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland has this as a hornpipe. As I was playing it I was thinking this seems, rather, to be a reel. Checking with TS I find it only as a reel which suits this amateur just fine.

The Piper’s Despair, X:5

Setting X:5 is my transcription (go easy, it is my first posted here) of Jason O’Rourke’s version from his album The Bunch of Keys. I had heard other more common versions but for me none matched the feeling of this one.

When I first heard it, not realising Jason was playing it on a Bf/F I learned it note for note on a C/G. very difficult..! I am not sure but I think it means I was playing in Bf Dorian, four flats. this version is relatively straightforward.

There are other variations in his playing, this is the basic thing.

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The Piper’s Despair, X:6

This one is pretty close to O’Neill’s #769, at least in the A part.

The Piper’s Despair, X:7

A nice setting based on the playing of Laura Byrne and Rose Flanagan on the album Forget Me Not

The Pipers Despair

None of the posted settings are for the GHB, or even small pipes. The first part range is too low and the second part too high. It could be transposed, but it would not do the tune justice. A real pipers despair.

The Piper’s Despair

Check out the wonderful version by Dennis Murphy on the compilation CD "Milestone at the Garden" on Rounder Records, reproduced from a bunch of older 78s. He pairs it with Kennedy’s Reel, and it’s marvelous. Also on that CD: a fast Haste to the Wedding and Over the Hills by legendary Neil O’Boyle.