Glengarry’s Dirk strathspey

Also known as Biodag Aig Mac Thomais, Biotag Aig MacThomais, Glengarry Dirk, Tha Biodag Aig Mac Thomais, Thompson’s Dirk, Thomson’s Dirk.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bird’s Nest (lots of times), Bonnie Kate (a few times), The Braes Of Auchtertyre (a few times), The Donegal Traveller (a few times) and The Haggis (a few times).

Glengarry’s Dirk has been added to 2 tune sets.

Glengarry's Dirk has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Glengarry's Dirk
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
G<EE>D C>EG>A|G<EEe d<c A2|G<EE>D C>EGc|e>dc<A G<E D2:|
E<Gc<G A<Gc<G|E<Gc<G A<GE{GE}D|E<Gc<G A<Gcd|e>dc<A G<E D2|
E<Gc<G A<Gc<G|E<Gce ge f2|a<c'g>e f>de>c|d>Bc>A G<E D2||
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Five comments

Thompson’s Dirk

From John McCusker’s self-titled cd. He says he learned this old highland tune from Ian MacDonald. A friend of mine brought it to last night’s session, so we’re adding it to the local repertoire.

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sounds great if you play mulqueens reel after it

This is quite a different tune from the well-known pipe reel of the same name ( Thompson’s Dirk), based on a gaelic song. It looks almost as if someone got the name mixed up when learning it from an old book. The first phrase looks a bit like ‘Old Man let me be’ (John Roy Stuart).

Re: Biodag Aig MacThomais

This is actually Glengarry’s Dirk not Thomson’s.

Re: Glengarry’s Dirk

Most Cape Breton versions of this great tune (e.g.: Angus Chisholm) are in C, while many Scottish versions (e.g.: Hector MacAndrew) are in A. I like it both ways, though the versions in A are somewhat easier on the fiddle because no reaching or shifting is required. Love the tune.