Great Edinburgh session tune, written by Phil Cunningham; apologies for any errors in ABC, as I’ve never tried this before
Great tune! It’s on one of my CDs, but I never have managed to work it out by ear. Thanks for posting it!
Don’t forget to make them triplets as below or the bars won’t add up correctly.
Geoff, you’ll find that Prouse’s add up correctly; yours don’t.
A lovely tune. Whence its name?
Phil Cunningham’s landlord. He came for a cup of tea at one o’clock each day and Phil offered him Bandit biscuits. Phil said he never got the ‘Bandits at one o’clock’ joke, but he left a little note on his coffin to explain it.
Found this info at http://www.capebretonlive.com/video/video-show20.htm
Cape Breton ~ Celtic Colours International Festival
Causeway Crossing Concert
Recording/Video: October 7, 2005
Location: Civic Centre, Port Hawkesbury,
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
"Wing Commander Donald McKenzie was my landlord when I lived in _Bathkie???___ just outside Glasgow, or halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was a real wing commander from the RAF. He came every day for a cup of tea, and we had biscuits called bandit biscuits And every day at one O’Clock I would give him one of these biscuits, for two years. And he never ever got the joke ~ bandits at one O’Clock. I explained the joke and I left it in a little not on his coffin when they were burying him. I hope he read it as well."
~ Phil Cunningham
In the man’s own words, written out from his comments at the concert, just in case there is a time limit on access to the lovely video offerings on the link given above…
Thanks for the link Lurcherjohn
Slow on the uptake, the ??? above, "Bathkie", should have clicked, I suspect it is ‘Bathgate’… I had problems with the sound, using headphones…
The video is no longer up, and I am very curious about the joke about eh Bandit biscuits at 1:00. Would love to know what the joke was.
It relates to a war movie cliche where the pilot or someone else in the aircraft exclaims "bandits at x O’Clock" (the position in relation to the aircraft - bandits being the enemy).
I can never remember the name of this tune, so I’m glad I stumbled across this page, who says them recording links are no good 🙂
Wing Commander Donald Mackenzie’s, X:3
Slightly different notes in a few sections, but more idiomatic in my opinion.