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Gatherer's Grand Collection
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"A bit puzzled by the version of "The Balkan Hills" in volume 2, with virtually no snaps and both a G sharp and a G natural in the second last bar of each part...".

You're right, Alistair. Like many tunes, I learned The Balkan Hills from a record, in this case from The Boys of the Lough. The way I play it is the way they played it - not the original pipe version. I guess I should have corrected myself years ago, but these early LPs I listened to made such an impression, it's difficult to dislodge these settings from my brain.

And The Highland Cradle Song... Again, you're right. I always absent-mindedly thought it was a folk-process rendition of Skinner's Cradle Song, but it's a different tune. I'll need to fix that. 

The Drummer: it's not a simplified version of The Piper o' Dundee, but the other way round: the song used the old reel as the basis of its melody. At the end of last year was 300th anniversary of the Battle of Sherrifmuir; the eponymous piper, Carnegie of Finhaven, was at the battle, but was reputed to have run away. Mind you, many people on both sides appear to have done the same thing. Both sides claimed victory, but it's generally thought that it was the point where the first Jacobite rebellion's ball was burst. Hundreds of Highlanders on the way home from Sherrifmuir burned the Perthshire towns of Auchterarder, Blackford and Crieff. Most of Crieff was destroyed.
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Gatherer's Grand Collection - by nigelgatherer - 08-08-2016, 08:39 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 11-08-2016, 11:22 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Eric R - 11-08-2016, 03:37 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 11-08-2016, 04:36 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by JAJ - 24-08-2016, 10:19 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 31-08-2016, 07:58 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 01-09-2016, 10:10 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 01-09-2016, 11:59 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 01-09-2016, 03:38 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by nigelgatherer - 13-09-2016, 08:36 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Jack Campin - 26-09-2016, 07:01 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 26-09-2016, 08:27 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Trish Santer - 27-09-2016, 08:24 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 27-09-2016, 01:13 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 27-09-2016, 09:50 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Jack Campin - 27-09-2016, 11:36 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Trish Santer - 27-09-2016, 04:09 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Trish Santer - 27-09-2016, 01:30 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Jack Campin - 27-09-2016, 11:57 PM

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