Scots jig - from Leslie Craig , Co Antrim.
I could only find the first part of this tune on
Check your email Jim… 😉
I guess the email wasn’t clear enough… Here is your corrected transcription, but more public. Note, as said, if it is already K: A Major, the sharps are assumed and should not be added again in the transcript…
WEE TODD . Scottish, Jig. A Major. Standard. AABB. According to John MacPhee, Glasgow, the tune was composed by the late Angus MacAulay, originally from Benbecula, who spent his adult life in Glasgow. The real name of the tune is ‘Wee Tot’. He composed the tune in 1956 for his grand-daughter who was about a year old at the time and originally called it “Wee Tot” in her honor, although the name has since become corrupted. MacAulay never wrote his tunes down, MacPhee explains, and it might have been lost except that musician Addie Harper heard it being played one night at a dance in Loch Carron. The melody impressed him enough to write it down, and later Harper’s band, the Wick Scottish Dance Band, included it on their tape “By the Peat Fire,” which helped to popularize it. However, on the Wick band album the tune (appearing as “Wee Todd”) is credited to "McLachlin, presumably Iain McLachlan of Benbecula, says Nigel Gatherer. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 4, 1991; pg. 48.
"The Fiddle Music of the Scottish Highlands: Ceol na Fidhle Volumes Three and Four"
Compiled and arranged by Christine Martin
Taigh na Teud, 2002 (1988 & 1991)
Page 69: "Wee Tod"
~ uncredited, some minor differences between transcripts…
WEE TODD . Scottish, Jig. A Major. Standard. or WEE TOT.. Thankyou very much
for this imfo,, I’am glad to here his name- esp’
when mine ‘s Jim Mc Auley..
I always thought this was by Fergie MacDonald.
Used to think this was Wee Tod, Traditional tune - Tod = fox - but have recently found from the RSCDS CD for the Diamond Jubilee that it was written by the late P/M Angus MacAuley (see earlier comment), although the title was given as "Wee Todd". "Uncle" Angus’s niece lives locally (Berkshire) and is an active dancer, although now in her 80s. I think the title should be "Wee Tot", as explained earlier. I will see her soon and will check this with her. I am also a friend of (and play with) Frank Thomson, whose band made the CD mentioned above and I will see what he knows (probably nothing). Attribution of tunes is often just a reference to the person who played it, or even wrote it as in "The Remerts of Hurford" (often called, incorrectly …"of Hereford") by Hamish Menzies. Andrew Rankine couldn’t recall the title and referred to it as "Hamish’s Tune" and it is often called that as a result.
Actually it is Herford, not Hurford, and it is in North Rhine-Westphalia. Tune was written for a dance called "A Trip to Bavaria". Geography’s a wee bit wrong I think.
Not sure how my comment on "The Remerts of Herford" came under the "Wee Tod" heading. Wee Tod (originally "Wee Tot") was a pipe jig, composed by P/M Angus MacAuley to celebrate the birth of a grandchild. Nothing to do with foxes and many think (understandably).
MacAuley or MacAulay
On my list of Pipe Majors of the Lovat Scouts I have a P/M Angus MacAuley who died in 1936 and a P/M Angus MacAulay (1902-1995) - note the different spelling of the surname!
Does anyone have more information about these Pipe Majors?
Re: Wee Tod
Sorry, missed this one until just now. P/M Angus MacAulay (1902-1995) is the one who composed "Wee Tod (or Tot - see above)" some 20 years after Angus MacAuley died.
Re: Wee Tod
There is some debate over who composed the tune. Many believe it was P/M Angus MacAulay who composed the jig and was dedicated to one of the drummers in his pipe band based in the Falkirk area.
However as I’ve questioned before, why would an established piper compose a tune OUTWITH the scale of the pipes?
I have always believed the tune to be composed by the late Iain MacLachlan of Benbecula who is also credited with composing The Dark Island (originally called Dr Mackay’s Farewell to Creagory but changed after it was adopted as the theme music for the 1960s BBC drama series, The Dark Island). However it has recently came to light that that tune may have been composed by an Inverness music teacher, Grace Gibson. I have an original copy of Grace Gibson’s version printed by an Inverness Music shop. http://www.scotlandnow.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/mystery-dark-island-family-highland-5328079
Re: Wee Tod
Well my name is, Jim McAuley, so it can’t be all bad 😉
Thank’s for this Info !
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