The 91st At Modder River March barndance

Also known as 91st At Modder River, The 91st At Modder River, 93rd Argylls At Modder River, The 93rd Argylls At Modder River, 93rd At Modder River, The 93rd At Modder River, Ninety-First At Modder River, The Ninety-First At Modder River.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The 91st At Modder River March has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The 91st At Modder River March
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: f2 |B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a<e f2 e<c | A2 A<B A2 c<e | f2 a<e c2 B<^A |
B>BB<c B2 c<e | f>^ga>e f2 e>c | B>^AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: c<e |f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | A>AA<B A2 c<e | f<aAa c2 B>A |
[1 f4 f>^g a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | B>^AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B>^A B2 :|
[2 B>BB<c B2 c<e | f>^ga>e f2 e>c | B>^AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B>^A B2 ||
|: c<f |B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B (3BBB f2 e>c | A>AA<c e>Ac<e | f>^gaA f2 e<c |
B>BB<c f<Bc>e | f<BB>c f2 e>c | B>^AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: c<e |f2 f<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | (3AAA A<c e>Ac<e | f<aA<a f2 e>c |
[1 f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | B>^AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B>^A B2 :|
[2 B2 B<c f<Bc>e | f<BB>c f2 e>c | B>^AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 |]
X: 2
T: The 91st At Modder River March
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: F2 |B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a<e f2 e<c | A>AA<B A2 c<e | f2 a>A c2 B<A |
B>BBc B2 c<e | f2 a>e f2 ec | BABc B<fec | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: c<e |f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | A>AAB A2 c<e | f2 a>A c2 B<A |
[1 f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | B>AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a>e f2 ec | BABc B<fec | c2 B2 B2 ||
|: f2 |B>BB<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | A>AA>c e>Ac<e | f<aAa f2 e>c |
B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | B<AB>c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: c<e |f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | A>AA>c e>Ac<e | f<aAa f2 e>c |
[1 f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | B>AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | B<AB>c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 |]
X: 3
T: The 91st At Modder River March
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: fb |B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | A2 AB A2 ce | f2 aA c2 BA |
B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: ce |f4 f2 a2 | f2 ce f2 ec | A2 AB A2 ce | f2 aA c2 BA |
[1 f4 f2 a2 | f2 ce f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 ||
|: f2 |B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | A2 Ac eAce | faAa f2 ec |
B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: ce |f2 fa f2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | A2 Ac eAce | faAa f2 ec |
[1 f2 fa fece | f2 fa f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 |]

Seven comments

“Duncan Chisholm: Door Of Saints” ~ fiddle & fine

https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1905

Track 8: 91st at Modder River / Macrivanish / The Waterbed / The Nine Pint Coggie

This tune was left out in the recording’s submission…a great march…

“93rd” ~ sometimes listed, as I understand wrongly, with this number

"93rd Argylls at Modder River"
"93rd at Modder River"

“The 91st At Modder River” ~ another take and a few options for this march

X: 2
T: 91st At Modder River March, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: b minor
|: F2 |\
B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a<e f2 e<c | A>AA<B A2 c<e | f2 a>A c2 B<A |
B>BBc B2 c<e | f2 a>e f2 ec | BABc B<fec | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: c<e |\
f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | A>AAB A2 c<e | f2 a>A c2 B<A |
[1 f4 f2 a2 | f>ec<e f2 e>c | B>AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 B<c B2 c<e | f2 a>e f2 ec | BABc B<fec | c2 B2 B2 ||
|: f2 |\
B>BB<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | A>AA>c e>Ac<e | f<aAa f2 e>c |
B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | B<AB>c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: c<e |\
f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | A>AA>c e>Ac<e | f<aAa f2 e>c |
[1 f>ef<a f>ec<e | f>a^g<a f2 e>c | B>AB<c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 B<c f>Bc<e | f>B B2 f2 e>c | B<AB>c B<fe>c | c2 B2 B2 |]

While older transcripts give this and other marches as M: 2/4, I personally feel that the time signature of 4/4 does better justice to them, and with less ‘black’… If you prefer to have it the other way, well, just exchange the time M: & L: with this ~

M: 2/4
L: 1/16

Timing

Ceolachan, I would agree with you regarding time signature. While it is a GHB tune and the ‘blackness’ indicates what type of tune it is, like many other Highland players I would beat my foot four times to the bar - similar but slightly slower than a strathspey.

“The 91st At Modder River” ~ stripped bar, minus > & < & accidentals ^A & ^g

X: 3
T: March: The 91st At Modder River
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: b minor
|: fb |\
B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | A2 AB A2 ce | f2 aA c2 BA |
B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: ce |\
f4 f2 a2 | f2 ce f2 ec | A2 AB A2 ce | f2 aA c2 BA |
[1 f4 f2 a2 | f2 ce f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 Bc B2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 ||
|: f2 |\
B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | A2 Ac eAce | faAa f2 ec |
B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
|: ce |\
f2 fa f2 ce | f2 ae f2 ec | A2 Ac eAce | faAa f2 ec |
[1 f2 fa fece | f2 fa f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 :|
[2 B2 Bc fBce | fBBe f2 ec | B2 Bc B2 fe | c2 B2 B2 |]

Dan Joe MacInnis plays the March of the 93rd at Modder River and Mulin Dhu Reel: http://www.archive.org/details/MarchOfThe93rdAtModderRiverMulinDhuReel This is one of the greatest recordings of Cape Breton fiddling I’ve heard; Dan Joe played the big pipes as well and it shows. I will soon upload the one LP of his to archive.org in its entirety.

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