The Bridge Of Bamore reel

Also known as Bridge Of Baymore.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Christy Campbell (lots of times), Anthony Murray’s (lots of times), The Straw Man (lots of times), Greig’s Pipes (a few times) and The Thunderbolt (a few times).

The Bridge Of Bamore has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Bridge Of Bamore has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Bridge Of Bamore
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2 e>f edcA|BF F/F/F GEEF|A2 ef edcA|BABc A/A/A A2:|
aece aecA|BF F/F/F GEEg|aece aecA|BABc A/A/A Ag|
aece aecA|BF F/F/F GEEF|A,2 ef edcA|BABc A/A/A Ag|]
X: 2
T: The Bridge Of Bamore
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A,2 e>f edcA | BF F/F/F GEEF | A2 ef edcA |[1 BABc A/A/A A2 :|[2 BABc A/A/A Ag ||
aece aecA | BF F/F/F GEEg | aece aecA | BABc A/A/A Ag |
aece aecA | BF F/F/F GEEF | A,2 ef edcA | BABc A/A/A A2 |]
X: 3
T: The Bridge Of Bamore
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G/A/G de dcBG | AEEG FD D/E/F | G2 de dcBG | A^GAB =G3 :|
gdBd gdBG | AEEG FDFf | gd B/c/d gBdG | A^GAB =G2 d/e/f |
gd B/c/d gd B/A/G | AE E/E/E FD D/D/D | GDde dcBG | A^GAB =G3 |]
X: 4
T: The Bridge Of Bamore
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 Af edce | BF^EF GEEF | AGAf edce | f/g/a ec BAA :|
aece a2 c/B/A | BF^EF GEFG | Aece aeec | B^ABc ABce |
a2 ce aAcA | BF^EF GE^DE | A2 Af edce | faec A3 |]

Seven comments

This fine reel appears on, inter alia, Natalie MacMaster’s CD ‘No Boundaries’. Advanced search suggests it is not on this site - I found the ABC and some notes on the Fiddler’s Companion site:

BRIDGE OF BAMORE, THE. Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island.

More notes

Copy & paste , I know, is somewhat frowned upon but here are some more notes on this tune (again from ibiblio)

Standard or AEae (Cape Breton). AAB (Dunlay & Greenberg, Stewart-Robertson): AA?B (Perlman). The tune is frequently played in raised or ?high? bass tuning on Cape Breton. See notes under "High Bass Reel." Sources for notated versions: Mary MacDonald (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg]; George MacPhee (b. 1941, Monticello, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]. Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton), 1996; pg. 135. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; pg. 94. Stewart-Robertson (Athole Collection), 1884; pg. 3. ACC-4968, Kinnon Beaton - ?A Sprig of Ivy? (1989). CLM 1001, Carl MacKenzie - ?And his Sound is Cape Breton? (1981). Overton 1829-I-LM 88, Dwayne Cote - ?Introduction? (1992). Rounder 7012, Winnie Chafe - ?Highland Memories of Cape Breton? (1979). Rounder RO7023, Natalie MacMaster - ?No Boundaries? (1996. Learned from her uncle, Buddy MacMaster).

I don’t see any reason to frown upon it as long as you state your source, which you did, so good on you.

The Fiddler’s Companion ~ Andrew Kuntz

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/BRIDGE_BRITT.htm

The problem is that it is a ‘complete’ lift from "The Fiddler’s Companion", having only chopped off one note’s worth, the f lead-in note for the B-part. It lacks that appreciated other character of uniqueness a particular musician or session would give it, the way it is played locally, rather than straight out of a book, or off a website. I don’t see a problem with that, but such lack of uniqueness might be better, as is often the way its done, here in the notes. This exact notation isn’t actually the site’s but is taken from "The Athole Collection", 1884, page 3…

“The Bridge of Bamore” ~ as it is in “The Athlone Collection”

Correction, the missing lead-in note, given here, was g, not f…

X: 1
T: Bridge of Bamore, The
B: Stewart-Robertson: The Athole Collection, 1884, page 3
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: reel
K: AMaj
|: A,2 e>f edcA | BF F/F/F GEEF | A2 ef edcA |[1 BABc A/A/A A2 :|[2 BABc A/A/A Ag ||
aece aecA | BF F/F/F GEEg | aece aecA | BABc A/A/A Ag |
aece aecA | BF F/F/F GEEF | A,2 ef edcA | BABc A/A/A A2 |]

“The Bridge of Bamore” in G

X: 2
T: Bridge of Bamore, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: reel
K: GMaj
|: D |\
G/A/G de dcBG | AEEG FD D/E/F | G2 de dcBG | A^GAB =G3 :|
f |\
gdBd gdBG | AEEG FDFf | gd B/c/d gBdG | A^GAB =G2 d/e/f |
gd B/c/d gd B/A/G | AE E/E/E FD D/D/D | GDde dcBG | A^GAB =G3 |]

“The Bridge of Bamore” in A ~ another take on it

X: 3
T: Bridge of Bamore, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: reel
K: AMaj
|: G |\
A2 Af edce | BF^EF GEEF | AGAf edce | f/g/a ec BAA :|
g |\
aece a2 c/B/A | BF^EF GEFG | Aece aeec | B^ABc ABce |
a2 ce aAcA | BF^EF GE^DE | A2 Af edce | faec A3 |]