“Hundred Pipers” ~ the relative in 6/8 time first
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Submitted on December 19th 2002 by lazyhound
“With Fife & Drum: Music, memories and customs of an Irish tradition”
* includes a CD ~ tunes, lilting, drumming & conversation ~
and the dots for a variety of tunes, 72…
The Blackstaff Press, BBC Northern Ireland, 2003
list price £12.99
This is a ‘plug’ for a lovely little book, and with notes and a CD and all for a measely list price of £12.99. I love books like this and this one is a charm, an education and a joy. I so want to get my hands on a Lambeg drum and start up a fife and drum corp. What a kick that would be for this Christmas season. I think I’d go for Bb fifes though, and as big a Lambeg as I could get my hands on, though my bad back might need a trolly to push it along in. Bless Gary Hastings for this work of affection.
On the back cover, in negative, white dots on black, there’s a version of "Hundred Pipers" as a 4/4 march, and that is repeated inside on page 91 in black dots on white. With it there are a slew of other interesting melodies, 72 total. I also love the CD, with different drum patterns representing different groups. What a kick. I just wish there had been notation for those as well. I’m a softy for lilting and there’s a bit of that too, and I greatly appreciate hearing the oral history as recorded from his sources, also a part of what is on the accompanying CD.
While the interest was there, while touring the backwoods and byways of Ulster I generally avoided the Lambeg banging crowd, but I heard and saw them enough times and politics aside, it was moving, stirred something inside, similar to the way a bunch of pipers raises emotions in me. No, I’m not one for the BS, but there’s no way it wouldn’t be fun to have a drum like that to bang and a slew of fifers or pipers and other drummers to help celebrate this season… It could be done for a good cause, as well as for the craic… ;-)
Here’s a little promotional introduction, from the same back cover where I was first introduced to this melody as a 4/4 march ~
The rattle of the Lambeg drum, with its distinctive rhythms, is a sound unique to Ulster. Primarily associated with the Orange Order, it was also played to a lesser extent by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
These huge drums - around 3 ft in diameter, 2.5 ft in breadth and weighing up to 400 lbs - can achieve an ear-splitting volume of 120 decibles. Elaborately ornamented, and boasting names like ‘The Cock of the North’, ‘The Pride of South Armagh’ and ‘The Ballymakesh Ship’, they were traditionally played to the accompaniment of the fife.
In search of the stories, facts and myths of the North’s 200-year-old fife and drum traditions, Gary Hastings interviewed instrument makers, drummers and fifers. He learnt how the mighty drums were constructed and discovered, the customs surrounding the drumming matches and processions. He also collected over seventy airs and tunes, the musical notation of which are included in this book along with a CD of musicians’ reminiscences and the traditional music of fife and drums.
“The Hundred Pipers March” ~ in 4/4 and a more basic take on it
T: Hundred Pipers March, The
|: GA |\
B2 D2 D2 ED | E2 F2 G2 e2 | d2 B2 BA G2 | B2 A2 A2 GA |
B2 D2 DE D2 | E3 F G2 e2 | d2 B2 AB A2 | G4 G2 :|
|: Bc |\
d2 d2 d2 ^cd | e2 f2 g2 fe | d2 B2 B2 AG | B2 A2 A2 Bc |
de d2 d^c d2 | e3 f g2 e2 | d2 B2 AB A2 | G4 G2 :|
A different transcript can be found in the book…
100 pipers set
Cock O’ the North/ 100 pipers/ Gary Owen
….. aargh! run for the hills :-)
That’s the 6/8 version ….
Hmmmm, "Cock of the North" & "Gary Owen" in 4/4? :-/ ~ ;-)
My first introduction to this tune was way back in the late 1950s when a band called "Lord Rockingham’s 11" played it under the title "Hoots Mon there’s a Moose Loose aboot this hoose" . The ensemble definitely wasn’t a céilí band and consisted of a line up of tenor and baritone saxaphones accompanied by guitars, bass and drums. In fact at the time I got a lot of kudos out of playing the tune on tenor sax along with the overture from William Tell with another few teen wannabes who aspired to becoming a showband. I’m afraid we never reached Las Vegas although we got one gig in Handsworth! A great tune though and I must now get to grips with the original trad version. Thanks "c".
That got me jolly, laughing away, a great tale…
Here is Lord Rockingham rocking.
X: 3 “A Hundred Pipers” ~ Donegal
B: "Dances of Donegal", collected by Grace Orpen, D.M. Wilkie, London, 1931
The first few pages of this book, and its first tune & dance:
"The Fairy Dance" - https://thesession.org/tunes/424
ITMA: Irish Traditional Music Archive/Taisce Cheol DÚchais Éireann
Grace Orpen’s Local Donegal Dances, 1931
"Dances of Donegal" collected and edited by Grace Orpen, 1931
Click on ‘32 Pages’ to view them, with Grace Orpen’s ‘Figures’/illustrations…
Dance: The Waves of Tory
T: A Hundred Pipers (6/8 & 4/4)
See also, including for dance description:
X: 4 "A Hundred Pipes" (6/8)