Pete (Reverend) sent me an mp3 of this, played on pipes by Dirk Mewes, part of the Colorado Front Range contingent. Sounds like it’s a march, rather than a reel, in 4/4 time.
Google led me to Captain William Locker (1731-1800), Admiral Nelson’s ‘sea daddy’ or mentor and Lt. Governor of Greenwich Hospital for seaman. Google found a biography of Locker, from which this excerpt comes:
"Captain Locker was 1st Lieutenant of the (ship) Experiment of 20 guns, and 142 men, commanded by Captain Sir John Strachan, on 19th June, 1757, when she fell in with Le Telemaque, a large French ship of 26 guns, and 460 men, which was boarded and captured by the Experiment’s crew, led by Locker."
So apparently this is an English tune?
Dirk got this tune from the Brian McNamara cd, "Fort of the Jewels."
It’s a *very* Scottish sounding reel. I think you might have been led astray in your searches. Try "Captain Lockhart Of The Tartar"…
I thought Scottish too, so maybe McNamara got the spelling wrong on his liner notes? I don’t really know anything about this tune, and google doesn’t turn up anything. Who’s got "Fort of the Jewels" and can provide info from the liner notes?
?? Just google search "Captain Lockhart Of The Tartar" (the name of the tune) and you get all the info you need from the hits, particularly Fiddler’s Companion, which gives you a setting in Cmaj. I’d say the spelling was definitely wrong on the album.
Good spot, Dow
So looking for Captain Lockhart, at jc’s tune finder, I came up with the following:
40 tunes from Bremner’s Collections (1757-1762, Edinburgh) posted in installments as part of a tune of the month feature
Robert Bremner, 1713-89, annotated by Paul S. Cranford, 2002-05, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (http://www.cranfordpub.com)
Tune types (the R headers) have been added by PSC. Orignals are often ambigious, many titles include the word ‘Reel’ or Rant. Iin Cape Breton many of these are interpreted as strathspeys.
T:Captain Lockhart of the Tartar
O:18th century Scottish
B:Bremner’s Collections, 1757
N:melodic code 1H532 22H4H2H (1532 2242)
Z:Paul Stewart Cranford (P.S.C.), <http://www.cranfordpub.com>
e|c(GG)F TE2 DC|D(dd)e fede|c(GG)F E(cTBA)|GEFD C/C/C C:|
||f|ecgc eg(Tfe)|defg afda|ecgc eg(Tfe)|fdge c/c/c cg|
egcg ecgc|fdad fdaf|egde cdAc|GEcE C/C/C C|]
John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Robert Bremner’s 1757 collection. Captain John Lockhart (later Lockhart-Ross, 1721-1790), was the first captain of the 28-gun frigate HMS Tartar, built in 1756 at Rotherhithe (wrecked in 1797). A recently discovered copy of a newspaper, The Exeter journal and advertiser, printed by Thomas Brice near Eastgate, Devon (issue number 162, dated 18 March 1757), has recently surfaced which briefly mentions Lockhart:
"Plymouth, March 15. We have no news here, only last Night, I hear, there was a terrible Fray at the Dock between the Sailors and Soldiers; and it is said, the brave Captain Lockhart, of the Tartar and a Lieutenant is killed. But I hope it is not true."
During his two-years command during the Seven Years War, Lockhart gained a reputation for capturing some seven French privateers of similar size in the Channel and the Baltic, and he was wounded during the action with the 20-gun Mont Ozier.
Lochart of the Tartar is probably the same man as Sir John Lockhart-Ross, who rose to the rank of Vice-Admiral and became a member of Parliament. Unfortunately, this Lockhart-Ross is the infamous landlord who introduced Cheviot sheep to the highlands, and who began the first wave of the great Highland clearances in 1782. Many say the Highlands have not recovered from the clearances to this day. Bremner (A Collection of Scots Reels), 1757; pg. 27. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), Vol. 1, 1891; pg. 9.
Nice collaboration you two, but this informative exchange is followed by two contributions lacking any comment except, "No comment has been posted yet"… Alas, no surprise, ‘Dafydd’ is at it again, nice enough lad, one of TheSesh’s most prolific ABCers ~ but short of content and/or context, even with his own compositions… Did nothing inspire him? Is the name just picked blind folded, put the dictionary on its spine and just let it fall open at random ~ tnen point?
I’ve mentioned this problem so many times. A lot of people are guilty of this, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they continue to do it because:
a) They don’t value and care about the tunes, or
b) They don’t value and care about us, their fellow musicians.
So I ignore the posts and get the tunes from elsewhere, simple as that.
Yeah, I’m tending to do that too. If they can’t be bothered to breath a little of their life into it, like their own take on it, their experience with it, their ‘heart and soul’, then why should I bother, eh?
Funny rather than just a disappointment are the ‘compositions’ entered that way, without comment, as if it weren’t obvious, or more frequent are the one-liners, something possesive like "one of mine"…
Tunes for me are more than dots and quantity… Since my main sources for music and dance are ‘people’, I look for a bit of the personal from the contributor of any tunes I visit here, a bit of context, content, history ~ the story, even if that is just their way or a friend’s way with some old shoe of a tune… Even some honesty would be welcome ~ "I ripped these ABCs off of Richard Robinson’s site… I don’t play it. I just like the midi…"
Hallelujah, brother, testify!
Here’s a slightly different setting of this tune from Josephine Keegan’s tunebook "A Drop in the Ocean":
T: Captain Lockett’s Fancy
A|dAAF GFED|Eeef gfef|dBAG FAdB|AFdF (3DDD DA|
|dAAF GFED|Eeef gfef|dBAG FAdB|AFdF (3DDD D:|
|:g|(3fga dg fdaf|efga beeg|(3fga dg fdaf|geaf (3ddd dg|
|(3fga dg fdaf|efga beeg|(3fga ef dgfe|dBAF (3DDD D:|