John Murray Of Lochee reel

By Johnnie Hastings

Also known as Johnny Murray Of Lochee.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

John Murray Of Lochee has been added to 1 tune set.

John Murray Of Lochee has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: John Murray Of Lochee
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:EAAG A2 (AF)|EAAG ABcA|FBBA B2 (bc)|dcBA GB B2|
(EA)AG A2 (AF)|EAAG ABcA|d2 (cB) cecA|1 GBed cAA F:|2 GBed cAA B||
|:c2 (cB) cAAB|(3cBA eA cAAc|d2 (dc) dcBA|Gagf edcB|
c2 (cB) cAAB|(3cBA eA cAAc|d2 (cB) cecA|1 GBed cAA B:|2 GBed cA A2||
X: 2
T: John Murray Of Lochee
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
"Up an Octave"
|:dB|Addc ~d3B|Addc d/e/fed|Beed ~e3f|gfed cedB|
Addc ~d3B|Addc d/e/fed|g2fe f/g/afd|ceag fd:|
|:de|f2fe fdde|f/e/dad fddf|g2gf gfed|ceaf gfed|
f2fe fdde|f/e/dad fddf|g2fe f/g/afd|ceag fd:|
X: 3
T: John Murray Of Lochee
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj

Thirteen comments

Popular Scottish reel. I believe it was composed by a J. Hastings but I don’t know much about him(or her). It is played by Irish musicians too.

Key ?

This is outwith the bagpipe scale. Should be “up a string” in D.

Maybe, but many fiddlers play it in A.
You obviously recognise it as a pipe tune, Kenny. Have you any more info re the composer?

Also gets played in G

To confound matters, I’ve just played the Kevin MacLeod version from the CD. He does it in “G”

As played by “The Tannahill Weavers” - late 70s ?

Hope the link works - it came from a discussion on Simon Thoumire’s “Footstompin’” website. That programme would I think have been recorded in the late 1970s, at the time of the band’s “Old Woman’s Dance” recording. “John Murray of Lochee” is the opening tune. The hornpipe after it is a Donald MacLeod composition, “Pipe Major George Allan”, one of my favourite tunes ever.

Is this the real original name of the tune. Is it a pipe tune? If so not this setting.

The original title of this tune was probably John Murray of Lochiel, as given in this obituary in The Scotsman of the composer, Johnnie Hastings. If so the dedicatee makes a sudden move from Dundee to the North West.
As he led his Caledonian dance band playing the accordian, there is no reason to assume that this tune is a pipe tune or derived from one. Having said that, it is a truly great tune with the compass of a single octave. We play it in G major and the range is from D to d, in abc terms. This is one octave tune and can be played on the pipes in the key of D major. I’d love to hear that. The version above X:1 has a second part that goes above the single octave range. Our version in G is a single octave tune. It’s brilliant but I am not sure where we got it from.

Why were the videos removed?

……I am not a great musician but I was brought up in a family of musicians, some made it their living. I started late in life learning to play and a piece of advice given to me as I was learning was to remember that “music is for sharing. It is God’s gift to you and meant to be shared.”

Just sayin…..

Video’s Removed?

The video’s are still there when I view them, perhaps cookies or caching thing is going so
that I’m not able repeat your result. Nice sentiment about music sharing.

This really is a pleasant tune. I like both settings, but I’ll have to figure out how to keep them straight in my head.

I still can’t get them to open up, here or on youtube. It says the video is not available. Maybe in my country….type of thing…

John Murray Of Lochee, X:3

This is the G major setting mentioned by Philip W, above - almost identical to the (X:2) D major setting, except for one note and a few extra semiquavers.

Johnny Murray of Lochee, Johnnie Hastings And His Caledonian Dance Band

A discussion last night led to me looking more closely into this tune and its composer.
This link will take you to details from an EP by Johnnie Hastings And His Caledonian Dance Band (sic!). So the spelling of the tune’s name and the composer’s are no longer in doubt.

The link I gave above, seven years ago, was to an obituary in the Scotsman, which is no longer available. It was however the basis for me believing that the real location of the dedicatee was Lochiel in the West Highlands.

I have no further information about the composer or his band. Following the above link will take you to:a thumbnail of the EP cover. The photo tells you quite a lot.