The Keelman Ower The Land waltz

Also known as The Keelman Over The Land, The Keelman Ower Land.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Keelman Ower The Land has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Keelman Ower The Land
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc/B/A/G/ d2g|dc/B/A/G/ d2g|ecA gcA|ecA efg|
dBG GAB|Bge dBG|A/B/c/B/A B/c/d/c/B|e2d efg:|
|:ddg ddg|ddg dcB|eea eea|eea edc|
ddg ddg|Gge dBG|A/B/c/B/A B/c/d/c/B|e2d efg:|
|:d/B/GG G/B/GG|d/B/GG G/B/GG|e/c/AA A/c/AA|e/c/AA A/c/AA|
dBG GAB|Bge dBG|A/B/c/B/A B/c/d/c/B|1 e2d efg:|2 e2d efa|g3-g3|-g3 ||
X: 2
T: The Keelman Ower The Land
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBG d2g|dBG d2g|ecA gcA|ecA efg|
dBG GAB|dge dBG|AcA BdB|e2d efg:|
|:d2g dgg|d2g dcB|e2a eaa|e2a edc|
d2g dgg|Gge dBG|AcA BdB|e2d efg:|
|:dBG ~G3|dBG ~G3|ecA ~A3|ecA ~A3|
dBG GAB|dge dBG|AcA BdB|e2d efg:|
X: 3
T: The Keelman Ower The Land
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
K:Amix
|:ed/c/B/A/ e2a|ed/c/B/A/ e2a|fdB adB|fdB faa|
ecA ABc|caf ecA|B/c/d/c/B c/d/e/d/c|f2e faa:|
|:eea eea|eea edc|ffb ffb|ffb fed|
eea eea|Aaf ecA|B/c/d/c/B c/d/e/d/c|f2e fgaa:|
|:e/c/AA A/c/AA|e/c/AA A/c/AA|f/d/BB B/d/BB|f/d/BB B/d/BB|
ecA ABc|caf ecA|B/c/d/c/B c/d/e/d/c|1 f2e faa:|

Nineteen comments

The Keelman Ower The Land - a second go at getting the dots printed…

I have entered this tune as a waltz, but the system hasn’t printed the sheet music. So I have tried to enter the tune in jig time, hoping that it will print the sheet music if I do it thus.

If it is a waltz put it in as a waltz. The sheet music appears after 24 hours or so. Jeremy has to add this himself.

Why don’t you simply e-mail Jeremy and remind him to do the sheetmusic for your other submission?

I left it in the system long enough. Getting impatient, I noted that in the Northumbrian Pipers’ Tune Book it was set down in 6/8, so thought I’d try to submit the tune a second time using this time signature.
I don’t know if the tune was ever played as a jig; certainly it’s impressed me most played in a brisk 3/4 time.
The Battlefield Band ended a set with a great rendition of this tune which included a fourth part, maybe recently composed. I’ve put ABC’s for this, and other comments, under my first entry of this tune, on September 5, 2006 - that first entry didn’t produce sheet music.

6/8

I cannot help think that this tune is anything other than a 6/8.
without rearranging the bar lines 3/4 just doesn’t work.
look at such tunes as "Wylam Away" and "Cuddie Clauder", both found in the Charlton Memorial Tune Book. Similar structures are here found. I certainly count this as 123456, not 1+2+3+. To me that’s 6/8 not 3/4.

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Northumbrian Pipers Tune Book

My copy of the NPTB was published in 1970 and does not have this tune in it. Do you have an updated edition perhaps?

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There are now (at least) three Northumbrian Pipers’ Soc. Tune Books

It’s in the Second Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Tune Book; there are now three, to my certain knowledge. Each has a different selection of tunes: they are not updates of the same book. The Northumbrian Pipers’ Society has a website describing its literature and, presumably, saying how you can get hold of it. A music shop in Newcastle - Windows, Grainger Arcade, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - stocks the tune books, should you wish to order one.
I’ve massacred some of my favourite tunes trying to suss these ABC’s, but I think I’m getting there.

Thanks Nicholas for that. I have a friend who runs a folk book shop from his house and he just might have them or be able to get them. I will enquire. When I first started contributing tunes to the session I used ABC2win first of all to check what I had done. I also keep a notebook with all the instructions for transcribing tunes. I still use it frequently.

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Time scale

Its really an old pipe tune. It was written long before waltzes were invented. The three beats are not even at all and the only way to get people to dance to it is play it for smooth one-to-the-bar dances like some of the continental waltzes. If you play it as a pipe air its still brisk but its not really a dance tune at all.
Noel

As a jig

Jig time? Novel but possibly not tasteful. I wonder how that would go down at the Chantry or the Cumberland Arms or Beamish?
Noel

I’d say 6/4

Here it is as a standard slip jig:

X: 1
T: Keelman Ower The Land, The
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Gmaj
dBG d2g|dBG d2g|ecA gcA|ecA efg|
dBG GAB|dge dBG|AcA BdB|e2d efg:|
|:d2g dgg|d2g dcB|e2a eaa|e2a edc|
d2g dgg|Gge dBG|AcA BdB|e2d efg:|
|:dBG ~G3|dBG ~G3|ecA ~A3|ecA ~A3|
dBG GAB|dge dBG|AcA BdB|e2d efg:|

Did you lose your reading glasses? ~ 9 to the bar? I’m only counting 6… 😏

Sorry, I meant 6/8 jig.

The Keelman Ower The Land - an attempt at a 6/4 setting

Here it is in 6/4, including a fourth part as played by Ged Foley with The Battlefield Band:

X: 1
T: Keelman Ower The Land, The
M: 6/4
L: 1/8
R: 6/4
K: G

||: d2 cBAG d4 g2 | d2 cBAG D4 g2 | e2 c2 A2 g2 c2 A2 | e2 c2 A2 e3 f g2 | d2 B2 G2 G3 A B2 | B2 g2 e2 d2 B2 G2 | ABcB A2 Bcdc B2 | e4 d2 e2 f2 g2 :||

||: d2 d2 g2 d2 d2 g2 | d2 d2 g2 d3 c B2 | e2 e2 a2 e2 e2 a2 | e2 e2 a2 e3 d c2 | d2 d2 g2 d2 d2 g2 | G2 g2 e2 d2 B2 G2 | ABcB A2 Bcdc B2 | e4 d2 e2 f2 g2 :||

||: dB G2 G2 GB G2 G2 | dB G2 G2 GB G2 G2 | ec A2 A2 Ac A2 A2 | ec A2 A2 Ac A2 A2 | d2 B2 G2 G3 A B2 | B g3 e2 d2 B2 G2 | ABcB A2 Bcdc B2 | e3 d e2 f2 g2 :||

(Fourth part🙂

||: B2 B2 d2 B2 B2 d2 | G2 B2 d2 g3 d B2 | c2 c2 e2 c2 c2 e2 | A2 c2 e2 A3 B c2 | B2 B2 d2 B2 B2 d2 | G2 B2 d2 g2 d2 B2 | cBAB c2 dcBc d2 | e4 d2 c2 B2 A2 :||

On the Battlefield Band album "Home Is Where The Van Is", the order these parts are played in is as follows (each part played twice):

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 3 again
Part 1 again, concluding.

(I think the last 6/4 bar of part 3 is replaced by two 6/4 bars’ worth of of an upper e long note on Ged’s pipes, and a wee bit of guitar, before the last play-through of part 1.)

I think this arrangement sounds more satisfactory than concluding the tune with the fourth part - but this part is still a nice addition to the tune, IMO. I don’t know if Ged Foley wrote it.

(The values I’ve given certain notes are subjective and alterable, I should add…)

up a tone for border pipes

X: 1
T: The Keelman Ower The Land
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K:Amix
|:ed/c/B/A/ e2a|ed/c/B/A/ e2a|fdB adB|fdB faa|
ecA ABc|caf ecA|B/c/d/c/B c/d/e/d/c|f2e faa:|
|:eea eea|eea edc|ffb ffb|ffb fed|
eea eea|Aaf ecA|B/c/d/c/B c/d/e/d/c|f2e fgaa:|
|:e/c/AA A/c/AA|e/c/AA A/c/AA|f/d/BB B/d/BB|f/d/BB B/d/BB|
ecA ABc|caf ecA|B/c/d/c/B c/d/e/d/c|1 f2e faa:|

The Keelman Ower The Land, X:3 - copied from Will Evans’ post

This setting is not by me. I just wanted to play thus tune in two sharps and saw a version by Will Evans and copied it here.