I saw this in requests. I learnt this tune from a Capercaillie recording, Nadurra, a couple of years ago. It’s a fantastic tune, and it caused me to learn to play in third position on the fiddle properly! (None of this stretching the little finger business for me, it doesn’t even work properly for notes in first position!)
I think it’s a McGoldrick composition but I could be wrong!
You´re absolutely right…
… according to the liner notes in Tim Edey "Daybreak" CD
This tune is definitely written by Michael McGoldrick. In G-Mayer it’s suitable for every instrument and much easier to play. Brillant stuff, regarding the amount of variations played by McGoldrick, it sounds simple and has a great effect.
A major sounds so much nicer though, none of this cop-out business! I know it’s perfectly possible on even a keyless flute too.
I play a little bit different
I’ll love this tune but I played the B in a different way.I changed the last triplete on the first bar of the B in af#, and so everytime the same phrase is played in the following bar.So the abc file would be this:
T:Bass Rock, The
A3 e fAec | Ba (3aaa fbaf | e2 af ecAB | cABc AF (3FFF |
A3 e fAec | Ba (3aaa fbaf | eafe c3 e | [1 fecB AEFG :| [2 fecB ABce ||
a3 e fa af | b3 c’ bafe | a3 e fgaf | ecBc A2 (3FFF |
[1 a3 e fa af | b3 c’ bafe | a2 (3eee fgaf | ecBc ABce :|
[2 ABce fa af | b3 c’ bafe | c’bac’ bafc | e2 fc ecBc ||
I have this tune from a friend who got an early setting directly from McGoldrick on flute in G Major, not A.
It is not safe to assume that McGoldrick is playing concert pitched whistles. The Tunes recording is almost certainly on a B whistle.
The Bass Rock, X:4
A version in A, but without the G#s to make it easier for whistlers.
The Bass Rock, X:5
One of Mike McGoldrick’s variations.