Father John MacMillan Of Barra strathspey

Also known as Father John McMillan Of Barra, Fr. John MacMillan Of Barra, John MacMillan Of Barra.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

Father John MacMillan Of Barra has been added to 5 tune sets.

Father John MacMillan Of Barra has been added to 82 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Father John MacMillan Of Barra
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A>B|c2B<A A2c<e |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A A2f>e |c2B<A B2A>B |
c2B<A A2c<e |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 :|
c<e|f2e<e e2f<a |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A A2f>e |
[1c2B<A B2c<e|f2e<e e2f<a |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 :|
[2c2B<A B2 A>B|c2B<A c<ec<A|f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 ||
A>B|c<Ac<e c2A>c |f2e<c e3f|a>fe<f c2f>e |c2B<A B2A>B |
c<Ac<e c2A>c |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 :|
c<e|f2e>f a>fe<f|f2A>c e3f|f2e>f a>fe<f|c2B<A B2c<e |
f2e>f a>fe<f|f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2c<e |
f2e>f a>fe<f|f2A>c e3f|f2e>f e>fa>e|c>de>c B2A>B |
c2B<A c<ec<A|f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2|]
X: 2
T: Father John MacMillan Of Barra
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
[M: 2/4]
[L: 1/16]
A>B|c2B<A A2c<e |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A A2f>e |c2B<A B2A>B |
c2B<A A2c<e |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 :|
c<e|f2e<e e2f<a |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A A2f>e |
[1c2B<A B2c<e|f2e<e e2f<a |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 :|
[2c2B<A B2A>B|c2B<A c<ec<A|f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 ||
A>B|c<Ac<e c2A>c |f2e<c e3f|a>fe<f c2f>e |c2B<A B2A>B |
c<Ac<e c2A>c |f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2 :|
c<e|f2e>f a>fe<f|f2A>c e3f|f2e>f a>fe<f|c2B<A B2c<e |
f2e>f a>fe<f|f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2c<e |
f2e>f a>fe<f|f2A>c e3f|f2e>f e>fa>e|c>de>c B2A>B |
c2B<A c<ec<A|f2e<c e3f|e2c<A B2c>B |A4 A2|]

Thirteen comments

A great pipe march; I couldn’t it list it as such on the site as there is no category for 2/4 tunes other than polkas. Written by Norman MacDonald.

How is this not already in the database? Weird.

For those that can ‘mis’-read music well, try it in steady 6/8 instead, for this more flowy flow feel. .

With no Gs anywhere in the tune, I hear this more in A-Major, rather than -Mixolydian. I think anyone chording it will probably gravitate that way, too.

Great tune!

Can the admin not add some more Scottish categories like 2/4 march or 6/8 march?

Re: Father John MacMillan Of Barra

The key they’re playing in the Video… I think:

X:2
T:Father John MacMillan Of Barra
L:1/8
M:4/4
I:linebreak $
K:G
D>E | F2 E<D D2 F<A | B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D D2 B>A | F2 E<D E2 D>E | F2 E<D D2 F<A |$ B2 A<F A3 B |
A2 F<D E2 F>E | D4 D2 :| F<A | B2 A<A A2 B<d | B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D D2 B>A |1$ F2 E<D E2 F<A |
B2 A<A A2 B<d | B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D E2 F>E | D4 D2 :|2 F2 E<D E2 D>E |$ F2 E<D F<AF<D |
B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D E2 F>E | D4 D2 || D>E | F<DF<A F2 D>F | B2 A<F A3 B |$ d>BA<B F2 B>A |
F2 E<D E2 D>E | F<DF<A F2 D>F | B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D E2 F>E | D4 D2 :|$ F<A | B2 A>B d>BA<B |
B2 D>F A3 B | B2 A>B d>BA<B | F2 E<D E2 F<A | B2 A>B d>BA<B |$ B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D E2 F>E |
D4 D2 F<A | B2 A>B d>BA<B | B2 D>F A3 B | B2 A>B A>Bd>A |$ F>GA>F E2 D>E | F2 E<D F<AF<D |
B2 A<F A3 B | A2 F<D E2 F>E | D4 D2 |]

Re: Father John MacMillan Of Barra

Nice catchy tune - It is nice in 2/4. A great resource, the session is. Played it now on then whistle but will try it later on the banjo and the guitar, just to see how it fits.

Re: Father John MacMillan Of Barra

" It is nice in 2/4". You would expect that, as it’s a 2/4 march.

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Father John MacMillan Of Barra, X:2

As in the second setting, X:2.

Re: Father John MacMillan Of Barra

A standard for Canadian Barn Dance for many ceilidh bands. Fiddlers and pickers seem to have more trouble playing it, than other intruments, because of all the "snaps".

Re: Father John MacMillan Of Barra

I can’t see any more difficulty playing the tune on the fiddle or mandolin (picking)?
There is a technique in playing "snaps" but there are different approaches and styles. I don’t see that it’s any more difficult on the fiddle. After all, this instrument is very much associated with Strath spey, marches, and the like.

The biggest issue is when you don’t quite learn these tunes and either put the snaps in the wrong place or inadvertently reverse the dotted and short notes. Easily done and you don’t always realise it until you play with others.

Re: Father John MacMillan Of Barra

Johnny Jay, I am sure you play them fine, but some of my other pals who play said string instruments do have trouble with them. You wouldn’t believe how many hours we have laboured over them: some just don’t put them in at all! If playing from a score then highlighter pen works wonders for getting all the snaps in the right places, but not many people take up on this idea.