The Tyrone march

Also known as Tyrone Ditches, The Tyrone Ditches, Tyrone’s Ditches, Tyrones Ditches.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Tyrone has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Tyrone
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: e2- ef e2 A2 | Bc d2 e2- e2 | d2- dd d2 dc | B2 A2 Bc d2 |
e2- ef e2 A2 | Bc d2 e2 cc | d2 c2 B2 ed |[1 c2 A2 A2- A2 :|[2 [M:3/4] c2 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 e2 ed | e2 f2 AB cd | e2 ef e2 d/e/d |[1 [M:3/4] c2 A2- A2 :|[2 [M:4/4] c2 A2 A2- A2 |]
X: 2
T: The Tyrone
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: c2 |e2- ef e2- eA | Bc d2 e2- e2 | d2- de d2 G2 | B2 A2 Bc df |
e2 ef e2 A2 | Bc dB e2 af | g2- ge 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 ef ed | e2 f2 A2- A2 | e2- ef e2- ed |[1 c2 A2- A2 :|[2 [M:4/4] c2 A2- A2 |]

Nine comments

“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 ||

Two questions…

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?

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“Tyrone’s Ditches” ~ “I Won’t Be A Nun” ~ march

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on November 6th 2004 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/3822

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…

T’was me

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.

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Thanks!

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! 🙂

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“Tyrone March”

Thanks Kenny ~ on Desi Wilkinson’s recording "The Three Piece Flute" he has it as "Tyrone March"…