Leaving Lismore waltz

Also known as Fagail Lismor, La Valse Ecossaise, Leaving Lismor, Leaving Lismore March, Lismore No More, Maurice Scanlon’s, Morris Scanlon’s, Scottish, The Scottish, Valse Eccossaise.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Leaving Lismore has been added to 3 tune sets.

Leaving Lismore has been added to 95 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: Leaving Lismore
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3A B2|d4 g2|e3d B2|d6 |G3A B2|d4 d2|e3d B2|A6 |
G3A B2|d4 g2|e3d B2|d6 |d4 (3efg|B4 A2|BA G2 G2|G6 ||
g3f g2|e4 e2| e3d B2|d6 |g3f g2|e4 e2|e3d B2|A6 |
G3A B2|d4 g2|e3d B2|d6 |d4 (3efg|B4 A2|BA G2 G2|G6 ||
2
X: 2
T: Leaving Lismore
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A2 F2 E2 | D3/2E/F | A4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E4 A,2 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 :|
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |]
D3/2E/F A2d|BAF AFE|D3/2E/F A2A|BAF E2A,|
D3/2E/F A2d|BAF A3|ABd F2E|F/E/D2 D3:|
d3/2c/d B2A|BAF A3|d3/2c/d B2A|BAF E3|
d3/2c/d B2A|BAF A3|ABd F2E|F/E/D2 D3|
d3/2c/d B2A|BAF A3|d3/2c/d B2A|BAF E3|
D3/2E/F A2d|BAF A3|ABd F2E|F/E/D2 D3||
3
X: 3
T: Leaving Lismore
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A2 F2 E2 | D3 E F2 | A4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E4 A,2 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 :|
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |]
4
X: 4
T: Leaving Lismore
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e2 d2 B2 | d2 B2 A2 | G3 A B2 | d4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | A4 D2 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | d2 e2 g2 | B4 A2 | BA G4 | G6 :|
g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | A6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | d2 e2 g2 | B4 A2 | BA G4 | G6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | A6 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | d2 e2 g2 | B4 A2 | BA G4 | G6 |]
|: G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | G3 A B2 | d4 d2 | e3 d B2 | A6 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | d4 (3efg | B4 A2 | BA G2 G2 | G6 :|
g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | A6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | d4 (3efg | B4 A2 | BA G2 G2 | G6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | A6 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | d4 (3efg | B4 A2 | BA G2 G2 | G6 |]

Fourteen comments

Leaving Lismore - A Scottish Waltz

I got this one off a record called "Out The Box!", by a man whose name I forget: he was an expert player of Scottish music on the three-row button accordion.

Sandy Coghill

Haven’t seen him for around 20 years, but I think "Out Of The Box" was by Sandy Coghill. A great box player, used to play with the "Wallochmor" Ceilidh band.

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Sandy Coghill

Yes, that’s the one.

Great waltz/air

I was introduced to this tune by Bill Spence of Fennig’s All-Star String Band. He gave me the sheet music a couple of years ago since I enjoyed the tune so much, along with Up the Buckhorn Way. Glad to see that others like it as much as I do. Thanks for posting it.

Leaving Lismore

In Scots Guards pipe music Vol.II it’s credited to Mrs.Martin Hardie,and is written as a slow march in 6/8.

"Valse Eccossaise" ~ another rescued duplication, with adjustments

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on July 15th 2008 by greybeardd.
~ /tunes/8711

X: 2
T: Valse Eccossaise
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Dmaj
|: D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A2 F2 E2 | D3/2E/F | A4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E4 A,2 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 :|
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |]

greybeardd submitted this without comment and in the following way ~

X: 1
T: Valse Eccossaise
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Dmaj
D3/2E/F A2d|BAF AFE|D3/2E/F A2A|BAF E2A,|
D3/2E/F A2d|BAF A3|ABd F2E|F/E/D2 D3:|
d3/2c/d B2A|BAF A3|d3/2c/d B2A|BAF E3|
d3/2c/d B2A|BAF A3|ABd F2E|F/E/D2 D3|
d3/2c/d B2A|BAF A3|d3/2c/d B2A|BAF E3|
D3/2E/F A2d|BAF A3|ABd F2E|F/E/D2 D3||

"Valse Eccossaise" ~ rescued comments from the previous

This tune is indeed called "Leaving Lismore" - Lismore (Lios Mòr in Gaelic) being an island of the Inner Hebrides in Loch Linnhe, in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland.
It is what is known by pipers as a "retreat march" - that is, a march in 3/4 time. So it’s not a waltz, even though it’s in 3/4 time ( a bit of a difficult concept to grasp!). Perhaps "retreat march" is a free translation from the German: "Valse Eccossaise"
Other examples of retreat marches include "Green Hills of Tyrol" and "When the Battle is Over".

# Posted on July 16th 2008 by Mix O’Lydian

6/8 retreat march ~ ?!?

Was this not a ‘retreat march’ in 6/8 rather than 3/4? 😏

"Valse Eccossaise" ~ one of Nigel’s transcriptions for comparison

I’ve only changed the L: from 1/4 to 1/8 for an easier comparison…

X: 3
T: Valse Eccossaise
S: Cathy Boyer
Z: Nigel Gatherer
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A2 F2 E2 | D3 E F2 | A4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E4 A,2 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 :|
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |
d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | d3 c d2 | B4 A2 | B2 A2 F2 | E6 |
D3 E F2 | A4 d2 | B2 A2 F2 | A6 | A2 B2 d2 | F4 E2 | FE D4 | D6 |]

Nigel compared to greybeardd ~ identical!!! ~ note-for-note…

I did forgot to correct bar 5 of greybeardd’s from | D3/2E/F | to | D3 E F2 |
However, as you probably realize, the two transcripts, Nigel’s & greybeardd’s, are identical in every way… 😏 Curious…

"Valse Eccossaise" / "Leaving Lismore" ~ in G for comparison

X: 3
T: Valse Eccossaise
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e2 d2 B2 | d2 B2 A2 | G3 A B2 | d4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | A4 D2 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | d2 e2 g2 | B4 A2 | BA G4 | G6 :|
g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | A6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | d2 e2 g2 | B4 A2 | BA G4 | G6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 d2 | e2 d2 B2 | A6 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e2 d2 B2 | d6 | d2 e2 g2 | B4 A2 | BA G4 | G6 |]

& the transcript given here by nicholas with those missing 8 bars added ~

X: 1
T: Leaving Lismore
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Gmaj
|: G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | G3 A B2 | d4 d2 | e3 d B2 | A6 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | d4 (3efg | B4 A2 | BA G2 G2 | G6 :|
g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | A6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | d4 (3efg | B4 A2 | BA G2 G2 | G6 |
g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | g3 f g2 | e4 e2 | e3 d B2 | A6 |
G3 A B2 | d4 g2 | e3 d B2 | d6 | d4 (3efg | B4 A2 | BA G2 G2 | G6 |]

6/8 & 3/4

It is played both as a ‘slow’ march, 6/8, and a waltz, 3/4…

It’s played as a jig

on ‘At Complete Ease’ by John Carty and Brian Rooney. First track, first tune, called "Morris (spelt Maurice in the notes) Scanlon’s".