The Lad From Orkney reel

Also known as A.B. Corsie The Lad From Orkney, A.B. Corsie’s, A.B.Corsie - The Lad From Orkney.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Lad From Orkney has been added to 1 tune set.

The Lad From Orkney has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Lad From Orkney
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
g|:agfg ecBc|A2 cA eA ce|a2 ga f2 ec|(3BBB Bc f3 g:|
|:agfe fbbg|agab afec|BF (3FFF BcAB|1 cefg a3g:|2 cefg a3||
X: 2
T: The Lad From Orkney
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f8|gedg edBA|G2 BG dGB/c/d|g2 fg egdB|A/A/AAB e/e/eef|
g2 fg edBA|GGBG dGBG|g2 fg egdB|AGAB e2 ef|
gefd eaa/a/a|gfga BAGB|AEE/E/E ABGA|B/c/def g2 gf|
gefd eaa/a/a|g/g/gg B2 AGB|AEE/E/E ABGA|B/c/def g2 ba|
gfga gede|G B2 G dGBd|gGfG eGdB|AGAB e2 ef|

Four comments

The Lad From Orkney

A Phil Cunningham reel that is played in a set on Silly Wizard’s early 80s album "Wild And Beautiful". (If I remember rightly it’s played on whistle - on which it sounds great, but the G-Sharps don’t make it an easy tune to play on a D-whistle.) The "Lad" after whom the tune was named is A. B. Corsie, generally known as Fred. I think I’ve met him , come to that, and think I’ve got the initials right.

Alteration of abc’s in last bar of first part

Now: |(3BBB Bc f3 g|

Was (in error): |(3BBB c2 f3 g|

One of the most energetic reels =)

Here’re some lively variations (some by Phil himself and some by Sandy the Piper 🙂)

T: Lad From Orkney, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
f8 |gedg edBA |G2 BG dGB/c/d |g2 fg egdB |A/A/AAB e/e/eef |
g2 fg edBA |GGBG dGBG |g2 fg egdB |AGAB e2 ef |
gefd eaa/a/a |gfga BAGB |AEE/E/E ABGA |B/c/def g2 gf |
gefd eaa/a/a |g/g/gg B2 AGB |AEE/E/E ABGA |B/c/def g2 ba|
gfga gede|G B2 G dGBd |gGfG eGdB |AGAB e2 ef |

Played by Marc Duff…

Marc Duff starts off with this reel in a set by"Capercaillie". "Fred" was "roadie" and soundman for both "Battlefield Band" and "Silly Wizard".

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