The Lochaber Badger reel

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Farewell To Uist (a few times) and The Road To Corrandulla (a few times).

The Lochaber Badger has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Lochaber Badger has been added to 536 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
z | "Em"B2AG AG"C"E2- | ~E2DE GD"Bm7"EG | B2AG AG"Em"E2 | ED"Bm7"GD "Em"E3z |
"Em"B2AG AG"C"E2- | ~E2DE GD"Bm7"EG | B2AG AG"Em"E2 | ED"Bm7"GD "Em"E3 ||
z | "Em"~E2DE GE"Am7"A2- | ~A2AG Ad"Bm7"B2- | ~B2AG AG"Em"E2 | ED"Bm7"GD "Em"E3D |
"Em"~E2DE GE"Am7"A2- | ~A2AG Ad"Bm7"B2- | ~B2AG AG"Em"E2 | ED"Bm7"GD "Em"E3 ||
X: 2
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f2 ed ed B2|B2 AB dABd|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z|
f2 ed ed B2|B2 AB dABd|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z||
|:B2 AB dB e2|e2 ed fa f2|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z|
B2 AB dB e2|e2 ed fa f2|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:e2 dc dc A2|A2 GA cGAc|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A2 A2|
e2 dc dc A2|A2 GA cGAc|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A4||
|:A2 GA cA d2|d2 cd eg e2|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A2 A2|
A2 GA cA d2|d2 cd eg e2|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A4||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B2 AG AG E2|E2 DE GDEG|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E4|
B2 AG AG E2|E2 DE GDEG|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E3 ||
|:E2 DE GE A2|A2 AG Bd B2|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E3 |
E2 DE GE A2|A2 AG Bd B2|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E3||
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X: 5
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B2 AG AG E2|E2 DE GDEG|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E2E2:|
|:E2 DE GE (A2|A2) AG A/B/d (B2|B2) AG AG E2|EDGD E2E2:|
X: 6
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B3B AG E2|E2 DE GDEG|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E2E2|
B3B AG E2|E2 DE GDEG|B3 A AG E2|EDGD E2E2|
E2 DE GE A2|A2 GA AG B2|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E2E2|
E2 DE GE A2|A2 GA AG B2|A/B/d ed {B}AG E2|e/d/B {F}ED E2E2:|
X: 7
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EEED GGGE |AAAE BBBD|BBBG AG E2|EDGD E2E2|
EEED GGGE |AAAE B4|A/B/d ed {B}AG E2|e/d/B {F}ED E2E2:|
X: 8
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:b2 ag ag e2|e2 de gdeg|b2 ag ag e2|edgd e4|
b2 ag ag e2|e2 de gdeg|b2 ag ag e2|edgd e3z ||
|:e2 de ge a2|a2 ag bd' b2|b2 ag ag e2|edgd e3z |
e2 de ge a2|a2 ag bd' b2|b2 ag ag e2|edgd e3z||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 9
T: The Lochaber Badger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B2 AG AG E2|E2 DE GDEG|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E4:|
|:E2 DE GE A2|A2 AG Bd B2|B2 AG AG E2|EDGD E3z:|
# Added by JACKB .

Fifteen comments

A simple and infectious tidbit from "Tunes" by Michael McGoldrick, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin and Jim Murray. This tune is credited to Fred Morrison. I have no idea as to the particulars of said badger.

Tuning

The actual transcription sounds spot on, but I’ve heard some live versions and the performance of this on the BBC transatlantic sessions, and I’m almost sure he’s playing an F whistle (making the tune G minor).

I’d like to say how brilliant I think this tune is as an example of modern folk -it retains the traditional atmosphere perfectly but you can dance around to it like its led zepplin. :P
It also seems to always get played as the second part of a set beginning with a waltz that apparently has no name.

Tuning

He plays a Kerry Low D on this not the F

Enigma,

Do you mean Michael McGoldrick or Fred when you say he plays it on a Kerry Low D? I think everyone might be talking about different people in this thread.

Either way, the tune, as written by Fred was in B minor rather than E minor (although I have certainly heard it played in both keys often). Fred did play Chieftain and Kerry whistles (and may still do so in some keys) but he now plays MK whistles as his first choice so if he was playing this tune on a low D it would be on an MK. Mike may very well use Kerry whistles though - he certainly appears on the Kerry website enough!

As written here the tune would be in G minor if played on an F whistle, but as it was originally in B minor playing it on an F whistle would make it D minor.

Tuning

Ye sorry I meant Fred

Waltz with Lochaber Badger

the waltz that precedes Lochaber Badger is Farewell to Uist I think. At least thats the one used in the Transatlantic sessions with Fred Morrison, Donal Lunny and Michael McGoldrick. The waltz gives the perfect lead in and they complement each other beautifully. Have just learned Farewell to Uist and was having a bit of trouble deciphering the runs on the Badger but this site came to my rescue. Many thanks.

B Minor Version

X: 1
T: Lochaber Badger
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bmin
|:f2 ed ed B2|B2 AB dABd|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z|
f2 ed ed B2|B2 AB dABd|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z||
|:B2 AB dB e2|e2 ed fa f2|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z|
B2 AB dB e2|e2 ed fa f2|f2 ed ed B2|BAdA B3 z||

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A Dorian Version

X: 1
T: Lochaber Badger
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ador
|:e2 dc dc A2|A2 GA cGAc|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A2 A2|
e2 dc dc A2|A2 GA cGAc|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A4||
|:A2 GA cA d2|d2 cd eg e2|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A2 A2|
A2 GA cA d2|d2 cd eg e2|e2 dc dc A2|AGcG A4||

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On the transatlantic video, Mike is playing a Kerry Pro low d, but Fred plays an MK whistle, low d as well.

Lochaber badger

The Lochaber badger is a guy in Lochaber with a white stripe in his black hair. It was written by Fred Morrison.

The Lochaber Badger, X:5

With Variation in the B Part