Echoes Of Oban jig

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Echoes Of Oban
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: e |
d>BA A>AA | d>BB B2 G | d>BA A>AA | a>ff e2 f |
d>BA A>AA | d>BB B2 A | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 :|
|: A |
d>ff a>ff | a>df B2 A | d>ff a>ff | a>ff e2 A |
d>ff a2 f | a>df B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 :|
|: F |
A>AA B>BB | G>dd B2 A | A>AA d>ff | a>ff e2 f |
A>AA B>BB | G>dd B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 :|
|: f |
a>ff A>df | G>dd B2 A | a>ff A>df | a>ff e2 f |
[1 a>ff a>df | G>dd B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 :|
[2 A>AA B>GG | G>dd B2 G | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 |]
X: 2
T: Echoes Of Oban
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a>ff a>df | G>dd B>AA | a>ff a>df | a>ff e2 f |
[1 a>ff a>df | G>dd B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 :|
[2 A>AA B>BB | G>dd B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 |]

Eleven comments

"Echoes of Oban" by Donald MacPherson

You could take the 4th part this way too ~

|: f |
a>ff a>df | G>dd B>AA | a>ff a>df | a>ff e2 f |
[1 a>ff a>df | G>dd B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 :|
[2 A>AA B>BB | G>dd B>AA | c<af e2 f | e>dd d2 |]

Things that irk me about R.S.C.D.S. abuses of the music, having listened to several takes of this in order to try to do a reasonable transcription for someone who requested it from me ~

* ONCE THROUGH a tune, and you don’t see it again…

* BY THE BOOK ~ and that means no variations nor ornamentations, just plod-plod-plod, and as if they had sheetmusic and a stand in front of them with their eyes glued to the unwavering dots…

* MANGLING THE TUNE ~ in order to fit it to the occassional new dance choreographer by some yah-yah that has to be different, so oddly barred, where the usual 16, 24, 32, 48 or 64 bars just won’t do…so, a nip here, a tuck there and ‘et voila!’, it fits… I use French with reason…

* BALLROOMS & BALLS AND DRESS-UP ~ I mean, as if, all that borrowed lingo from ballet and classical music and the generally wooden way of playing, that plod-plod-plod earlier mentioned. I never heard anyone in Irish music and dance, and some other forms too, ever bark out a demand to SMILE!!! There just generally are the occassional or constant warm grin. But with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Group they feel it necessary to DEMAND that you SMILE! ~ and STARE at your partner…

Thankfully it isn’t all that way. I guess I’m just a country boy at heart. I’m one of those yahoos that Miss Jean C. Milligan and her cronies would frown on, and I have been frowned on in those occassions I’ve fond myself amongst that lot, and pushed, and given snappy demands, and criticized because my steps weren’t mincing enough, or because I did more than smile and occassionally laughed. Hey, it isn’t just that lot, the more formal societies in Eire & Cymru & elsewhere have been found to be similarly starched.

Anyway, as I said, it ain’t all that way, and no, I ain’t ever going to wear a kilt again, thank you… That wool is just too damned itchy, and besides, it doesn’t quite feel complete without also the other Prince Albert adornments… 😎

Sorry Hotspur, I know you just wanted the notes… You can ignore my outburst… 😉

I have other promises to keep, but this is a start…

Donald MacPherson ~ the composer

Recording, book & CD ~
"Donald MacPherson: A Living Legend"

"Between 1948 and 1990, whenever Donald MacPherson stepped onto the platform a hush fell. His mastery has set the benchmark of excellence in Highland bagpiping for generations. Despite his infrequent attendance, Donald made history at the premier piping competitions by winning first prize on most of his visits. A precision engineer by profession, he was never a keen performer nor self-promoter and recordings of him are rare. it is 50 years since Donald MacPherson made history, winning both the Gold Medal and the former winners’ events on the same day at the prestigeous Northern Meeting. His extraordinary success at Scotland’s premier competitions lasted from 1948 until his retirement in 1990 ~"

Another recording ~ "Donald MacPherson: Ceol Beag"

I suddenly thought I recognised this, but I don’t - it’s just really similar to a jig Capercaillie recorded: Kenny MacDonald’s They’ve got the same number of parts and the melodic lines are very similar.

Donald MacPherson ~ Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame

~ Donald was born in Glasgow on September 5, 1922. His father, Iain, was an army piper during World War l and later received instruction from Pipe Major John MacDougall Gillies, a former president of the Scottish Pipers’ Association. When a hand injury curtailed his piping career prematurely, Iain transferred his enthusiasm for piping and love of bagpipe music onto his sons, Iain and Donald.

Donald’s first recollection of playing bagpipes is when, at the age of twelve, he moved up from the Life Boys to the Boys Brigade. His pride in being invited to join the pipe band and at being given his first set of pipes was short-lived, though. When Iain Snr. saw the half-sized set of pipes that an officer had pieced together from an old sheepskin bag, a torn cover, some green cord and a few old reeds, he wasn’t best pleased.

With new a bag and reeds installed, Donald began learning from his father and would always be well prepared for the next band rehearsal. His father’s gentle insistence that Donald should always try and put a song in the music would stay with Donald throughout his career. ~

~ Well into his eighties Donald continues to pass on his skills, emphasising the importance of good sound quality and warning pupils in his warm, good humoured way about the danger to lampshades and light bulbs that is the weapon of mass destruction, the bass drone.

I’m sorry, ceolachan, but you’re just not giving us enough information about this tune. Can’t you make more of an effort? My scroll bar is still at least 10cm long. Now if it was to disappear completely, *then* I’d be impressed.

I agree with you about those shared motifs between the two tunes. I can imagine getting confused if you played them in a set.

Note to those that would string me up:

I do appreciate our differences and that some like it that way ~ costumes and pomp and up on the tippy toes, but it just ain’t for me, and I guess, a bug eating up my innards, I’m in an irascible way today. So, have your fun as you will. And, I’ve even had fun at the ‘odd’ ball now and then, various traditions, but maybe too much fun, as I did realize I was putting some folks off their serious ways, and a forced smile here and there was breaking up into laughter. I wasn’t doing it to be disruptive and devilish, I was just having fun, and for me, anyway, music and dance is about the ‘craic’, whatever the tradition. So, I guess it isn’t so much that I can’t have fun there, but that for some folks it is thought to be ‘out of place’…not the kind of fun intended? So, generally, I try to stay out of trouble by avoiding such ‘balls’… As one friend put it, "You’ve got balls to go to one of those shindigs." Heh,heh, heh… 😀

Donald MacPherson ~ a piping legend, and more recordings

"Donald MacPherson: The Master Piper"

"John D Burgess & Donald MacPherson: The Piping Centre 1996 Recital Series, Volume II"

"Glasgow Police Pipe Band And Donald MacPherson"

Other information ~
"Donald MacPherson: Piper of the Century"

“I would go 20 miles to hear a piper, but I would go 120 to hear Donald MacPherson”

– General Frank Richardson (an excellent piper himself)

Echoes of Oban

It’s looking good, "c". Thanks for the effort!