“The Tyrone March”
This is a great quirky tune. I only wish I had more history to give you for it. I’m hoping someone else can add that and educate me further on this. I haven’t tried to dance to it yet, or to play it for dancers ~ it moves between 4/4 and 3/4 measures, which could be interesting on the dance floor. Most marches are straight forward and work just fine for dance, having your usual phrase / bar counts ~ 2, 4, 8, 16, 32… I hope I did a decent job of transcribing this and making it ‘basic’. I’ve taken it from a couple of unclear taped sources as well as a recording of Desi Wilkinson playing it. On his recording "The Three Piece Flute" he plays it in C Mixolydian (one flat = Bb), on F-bagpipes…
“The Tyrone March” ~ another take on it
|: c2 |
e3 f e3 A | Bc d2 e4 | d3 e d2 G2 | B2 A2 Bcdf |
e2 ef e2 A2 | BcdB e2 af | g3 e d2 cd |1 e2 A2- A2 :|
2 [M:3/4] e2 A2- A2 ||
|: a2 g2 f2 |
[M:4/4] e2 ed e2 ed | [M:3/4] e2 f2 A2 | a2 g2 f2 |
[M:4/4] e2 ed e2 ed | [M:3/4] e2 f2- f2 | a2 g2 f2 |
[M:4/4] e2 ed efed | e2 f2 A4 | e3 f e3 d |1 c2 A2- A2 :|
2 [M:4/4] c2 A2- A2 ||
Thanks for posting this interesting tune! How fast it was played in your three sources? Also, are there strong down-beats in the alternating 3/4 - 4/4 measures?
“Tyrone’s Ditches” ~ “I Won’t Be A Nun” ~ march
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on November 6th 2004 by ceolachan.
This march has also picked up the title "Tyrone’s Ditches" or "Tyrone Ditches"… It would be good if someone out there can give some clarification on this point…
‘muspc’ ~ I’ll check the tempos for you and get back with them. It is a ‘march’, strongly and emphatically rhythmic…
“The Tyrone March” ~ as per your request ‘muspc’
So, have you really got your PC geared up for music?
Here’s your tempos and range: 75 - 95 - 105 bpm… Relaxed really, lovely stuff…
I’ve only come across this tune twice, once on Desi’s “Three-Piece Flute”, and last April when Harry Bradley taught it to the class at Hammy’s flute-meeting in Ballyvourney. It is an unusual tune and I’ve always liked it. There is a 4-part 4/4 march on the Scottish bagpipes called “The Hills Of Gareloch” which is very similar, but I’ve no idea which came first. I seem to remember Desi had it labelled as “Tyrone Ditches”, but would have to check on that.
Thank you, Ceolachan for the information—I really enjoy this piece!
Is my pc geared up for music? Well, as the "PC" in question are my initials, I hope so! 🙂
Thanks Kenny ~ on Desi Wilkinson’s recording "The Three Piece Flute" he has it as "Tyrone March"…