I decided I didn’t play enough of tunes that I composed on the blog so I sought to rectify that the other day. I forgot I really don’t know any of my tunes that well, so they kinda sucked. But, here they are anyway, page turn intermissions and all! Played on them Hende pipes, Kyo chanter, Husk reed, Rocket tenors, Canning polycarb bass, old school L&M bag, and sorta shaggy carpet between my toes. “Father of Piping, Brian Barrow”, one tune, don’t let the comma confuse you, was written on the passing of a friend’s father. Calista is my daughter and that waltz was written to commemorate her birth, Calista and Clark’s Playtime is really the first part (sort of) of another tune (Moving Cloud) that I thought was original at the time and that I ended up writing a 2nd part for (oblivious of the fact it already had like 3 other parts). Rascal (the cat) was the family pet after the dogs died when I was a kid. Man, you can really hear those tenors ring at the beginning.
City of Lubbock Pipe Band was the name of the band here in Lubbock until I decided it might confuse people into thinking we were actually a part of the City, so we switched the name to Llano Estacado and District Pipe Band which is cool on so many levels. Like, it spells LEAD PB, Pb being the letters designated for the chemical element lead. Needless to say, there is a lead pipe in our logo. Barbara is my mother. These tunes sound A LOT like other 9/8 marches. Given my confusion with the Moving Cloud, you can imagine I’m very paranoid about just writing something down I heard 6 months ago and thinking it was mine. Being able to learn by ear has a catch-22.
And then I got tired of butchering my own tunes so I butchered some Irish reels I learned a while back. But before you go, you can find the sheet music to my tunes on my main website.
Those are really supposed to be C naturals in the Congress, but whatever. Which lets us segue into the more recent recordings of just me playing reels on the Gellaitry’s, Kinnaird drone reeds, Colin Kyo chanter, and the reed that has been in the MacPherson’s CK chanter up until tonight. The reason for the switch is because you’ve probably noticed a flat D and F on my recent recording of the MacPherson’s and that’s because that’s my band chanter with band reed (sort of) and I didn’t want to fiddle with it. Anywho, my solo CK is carved just a little (ssshhhh, don’t tell Murray) ;o) and so it would be more accepting of this Gilmour reed with the flat D and F. Enough talk, more play.
Sorry that didn’t stay in tune for long. I was looking for something to put in between the two monumental old reels Lady Doll Sinclair and Hen Wife’s Daughter (of Spirit of Scotland misattribution fame) and Neil Clark, this dude that lives in Scotland, played with Strathclyde Police, and teaches Skype lessons recommended In and Out the Harbor so I headed over to the Pekaar index and lo and behold, it’s in a book I own, Allan MacDonald’s book of the first hundred. It fit pretty well, but I also pulled the Bonnie Isle of Whalsay out too as a pretty neat tune. I was thinking my grips were a little tight in Bonnie but it wasn’t until the next set that I realized the tape to replace all tapes (3M 471) leaves a residue and my D finger was sticking! DUN DUN DUN. Back to my old friend auto pin-striping tape, doh. Oh well. Here are the 3 4-parted competition type reels I’ve learned in the past year or so.
I’ve been talking to a friend Tripp about possible underplayed 4-part reels and one by Allan while I was trolling through his book caught my attention so here ’tis in all its sight read mediocrity, twice through no less.
Then I was like, hey, there’s a version of the Congress that’s like what is on the Piper’s Controversy album, which isn’t like the version I learned from an Irish fiddler player (well, a fiddler of Irish tunes shall we say) so I recorded them back to back, the one from earlier in this post followed by one sorta like the one in Allan’s book but intermingled with parts from the album.
Well, then I decided I needed to play some band tunes outside of band practice and appeal to a more beginner audience. So here’s my band’s 2/4 street march set. All those lagging E grace notes, yep, that’s focal dystonia for ya! It’s getting a lot better, but sad to say the High Road is my worst tune. Yikes!
I have no idea how to spell Gair/Gareloch.