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Kevin
09-22-2010, 10:39 AM
Has there been any discussion of putting together an accessible collection of basic tunes from the Lowland/Borders/Northumbria traditions? This would allow alt pipers to play a few tunes together on the rare occasion that more than a few arrive at the same venue? This list could be somewhat akin to massed band tune lists but more appropriate for our pipes.

Best regards,
Kevin

Klondike Waldo
09-22-2010, 02:14 PM
Has there been any discussion of putting together an accessible collection of basic tunes from the Lowland/Borders/Northumbria traditions? This would allow alt pipers to play a few tunes together on the rare occasion that more than a few arrive at the same venue? This list could be somewhat akin to massed band tune lists but more appropriate for our pipes.

Best regards,
Kevin
Have you looked at any of the LBPS session books?
There's also "More Power To Your Elbow".
Matt Seattle has a couple of collections that would fit the bill, and which I heartily recommend, and I also find Julian Goodacre's collections useful, though they are written in D rather than in A- not a problem if you can transpose or if you play whistle.

Glenn Dreyer
09-22-2010, 06:33 PM
Kevin-

No, that hasn't really come up yet. Bob's correct that the Lowland and Border Pipers' Society has an excellent selection of books available, including "Suggested Session Tunes" which I use all the time (link to their website on the APNA links page). We don't intend to duplicate what the LBPS are doing, but I suppose we could have a discussion or poll to find the top 10 tunes people would like to play together from that or other books.

Glenn

Kevin
09-23-2010, 07:12 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the replies. I do have the orange LBPS book and have been meaning to order the blue book. The orange book is a great collection of tunes, however, there are probably a few too many tunes for the purpose I mentioned. A poll of the ten or twelve most popular tunes is a great idea.

Best regards,
Kev

Kevin
09-29-2010, 08:45 PM
OK, here is the table of contents from the LBPS Orange Book: Suggested Session Tunes. Unfortunately the forum only allows ten options for polls so I cant think of way to take advantage of polling. If you are an alternate pipe player, please reply with the tunes (by number is fine) that you currently play and I will tally the most popular ones.

Best regards,
Kevin

1. 72nds Farewell to Aberdeen
2. The Ale is Dear
3. A Man's a Man for a' that
4. The Athol Highlanders March
5. Back of Benachie
6. The Barren Rocks of Aden
7. Barnyards O' Delgaty
8. The Battle of the Somme
9. Belisle March
10. The Blackberry Bush
11. Burning of the Piper's Hut
12. Butter'd Peas
13. Calliope House
14. The Carles wi' the Breeks
15. Chevy Chase
16. The Cock o' the North
17. Da Merry Boys o' Greenland
18. Drink the Worts and Spill the Beer
19. Drops of Brandy
20. The Earle of Mansfield
21. Follow Her over the Border
22. The Foxhunter's Jig
23. Go to Berwick Johnnie
24. Hey Ca' Thru
25. High over Bunachton
26. The High Road to Linton
27. The Inverness Rant
28. Itchy Fingers
29. Jenny Dang the Weaver
30. Jenny's Bawbee
31. Jenny's Fain but Jocky's Fu'
32. John Anderson my Jo
33. Leaving Lewis
34. Lord Ronald
35. Louden's Bonnie Woods and Braes
36. Mairi's Wedding
37. Mary Scot
38. The Meeting of the Waters
39. The Mill Mill O'
40. Morag of Dunvegan
41. Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay
42. The Newe Way to bouden
43. The Nut Brown Maiden
44. The Old Rustic Bridge
45. The Orange and Blue
46. Over the Hills and Far Away
47. Paddy's Leather Breaches
48. Pawky Adam Glen
49. The Piper of Drummond
50. The Ploughman
51. The Road to the Isles
52. The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow
53. Rocking the Baby
54. The Rowan Tree
55. Roxburh Castle
56. Skye Boat Song
57. Small Coals and Little Money
58. The Sound of Sleat
59. Souters of Selkirk
60. The Sweet Maid of Glendaruel
61. Tail Toddle
62. Teribus ye Terioden
63. Waterloo
64. The Waters of Kylesku
65. Wee Totum Fogg
66. Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie
67. When the Battle is over
68. Where Shall our Guidman Ly

Nate Banton
09-29-2010, 09:23 PM
2, 13, 19, 26, 29, 39


Hmm, only about 8%. I guess I better not try to play in a session in Scotland or I'll be sitting around twiddling my thumbs a lot!

Kevin
09-30-2010, 10:19 AM
Unless we get a lot more pipers weighing in, I can see that this is going to be a problem. I play about 15 of those tunes but non of them are common with Nate's:shrug:

Best regards,
Kevin

Klondike Waldo
09-30-2010, 11:46 AM
2 3 4 9 16 18 19 21
22 23 32 35 36 37
39 42 43 43 47 48
51 54 65 63 62

Glenn Dreyer
09-30-2010, 05:26 PM
1,2,9,10,12,13,15,
16,17,18,19,23,24,25,26,
30,32,36,37,39,42,43,46,48
54,55,56,62,65

Benjamin Miller
09-30-2010, 05:53 PM
1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 36, 39, 41, 47, 48, 52, 53, 56, 57, 61, 65

Herb Wilson
09-30-2010, 09:12 PM
2 4 11 18 19 23 26 29 33 35 36 37 40
47 48 51 53 56 61 65 67

Tim | Birchen
10-01-2010, 10:16 AM
I've bolded the ones I hear most frequently at local sessions and/or would be more inclined to teach:

4. The Athol Highlanders March
6. The Barren Rocks of Aden
7. Barnyards O' Delgaty
8. The Battle of the Somme
11. Burning of the Piper's Hut
13. Calliope House
16. The Cock o' the North
19. Drops of Brandy
20. The Earle of Mansfield
26. The High Road to Linton
28. Itchy Fingers (....much as I hate it..)
29. Jenny Dang the Weaver
30. Jenny's Bawbee
35. Louden's Bonnie Woods and Braes
36. Mairi's Wedding
39. The Mill Mill O'
41. Mrs. MacLeod of Raasay
43. The Nut Brown Maiden
45. The Orange and Blue
47. Paddy's Leather Breaches
49. The Piper of Drummond
51. The Road to the Isles
53. Rocking the Baby
54. The Rowan Tree
56. Skye Boat Song
58. The Sound of Sleat
62. Teribus ye Terioden (if same as pipe band march, 'Teribus')
63. Waterloo (if same as 'The Battle of Waterloo')
65. Wee Totum Fogg
67. When the Battle is over

trrogers2
10-02-2010, 01:32 PM
Here are the tunes that I play. Some were learned on the highland pipes and not from the orange book.

2, 3, 7, 11, 13, 19, 22, 28, 36, 38, 41, 45, 47, 56, 58, 61, 66

Kevin
10-06-2010, 12:17 PM
We have had 7 replies so far. Are there others out there? I'm wondering how soon I should tally the results.

Best regards,
Kevin

Kevin
10-12-2010, 11:20 AM
Ladies and gents,

Here are the results so far. I will re-tally the results if we get a few more people weighing in. Because of the relatively small number of voters, I counted Tim's bolded tunes as a second vote from Tim. If others disagree with this approach, I will not do that next time. So here are the 11 most popular (they got 5 or more votes each) tunes in the LBPS Orange book resulting from our informal survey:

2. The ale is dear
4. The Athol Highlander's March
13. Calliope House
19. Drops of Brandy
26. The High Road to Linton
29. Jenny Dang the Weaver
36. Mairi's Wedding
39. The Mill the Mill O'
47. Paddy's Leather Breaches
56. Skye Boat Song
65. Wee Totum Fogg

Best regards,
Kevin

Pete Stewart
10-13-2010, 04:20 PM
While the contents of the orange book represent what at the time it was compiled {a good while ago now] were tunes familiar to pipers then playing bellows pipes, they can hardly be said to comprise a representative selection of Lowland pipe music; many of them are well-known today as highland pipe tunes (though that says nothing about their origin of course). While I appreciate that it depeneds not so much what you play as how you play it that might be said to determine what is lowland music, I am of the opinion that it is high time to produce a new, more enlightened list of lowland 'session' tunes. There must by now be a sufficiently broad knowledge of tunes to make up an evening without having to resort to highland standards. In fact, there is a 'secret' collection in circulation titled 'Committee Sessions' which you'll be presented with if you're fortunate enoough to attend an LBPS playing or teaching event; it would fulfill the purpose admirably, since that is what it was designed to do. I supsect it is time to put this into wider circulation; perhaps it will be downloadable to members on the new LBPS website, once that is up and running ...

Kevin
10-15-2010, 01:55 PM
Hi Pete,

Thanks for the info. The secret list sounds intriguing. Just how secret is it and what ritual would one have to endure to get ones hands on the list? Hopefully it would just be a matter of asking for it unless of course there are plans to publish the sheet music somewhere.

Best regards,
Kevin

G Greig
10-19-2010, 06:51 AM
Hi,

Not secret, I just didn't want to interfere with an APNA initiative. Here is the list of tunes (cut and pasted from the index, so apologies for the change in font):



A Man’s a Man for A’ That
Ae Fond Kiss
Ale is Dear
Ale Wife and Her Barrels (H)
Because He was a Bonnie Lad (H)
Blue Bonnets are o’er the Border
Bonnie Gallawa’ (H)
Bride Has a Bonnie Thing
Brose and Butter
Burning of the Piper’s Hut
Coming Through the Rye
Corn Riggs are Bonnie
Drink the Warts and Spill the Beer
Drops of Brandy
Duns Dings A’ (H)
Favourite Dram
Flower of Yarrow (Mary Scott)

Foxhunter (H)
Go To Berwick, Johnnie (H)
Happy We’ve Been A’ Thegither
Hey Now the Day Daws
Highway to Linton
I Hae a Wife o’ my Ain
I’ll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon
Lea Rig
John Anderson, My Jo (H)
Jim Buchanan’s Halibut
Maggie Lauder
Mill, the Mill O’ (H)
Mrs Hamilton of Pitcaitland
My Love, She’s but a Lassie Yet
O’er the Hills and Far Awa’
Oyster Wife’s Rant
Pawkie Adam Glen
Rantin Rovin Robin
Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow
Rowan Tree
Seeking the Galloway
Souters o’ Selkirk

Such a Wife as Willie Had
Teribus (H)
Tweedside (H)
Up an’ Waur Them A’, Willie
Wee Totum Fogg
Wo’ed an’ Married an’ A’
Wood of Fyvie
Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon


(H) denotes that harmony is provided


We did not plan to publish the book because it duplicates much of what is already available elsewhere. It is just useful to have these tunes in one place. However, I am in favour of Pete's suggstion that it should be available to members on the new LBPS web site (work in progress). So, watch this space.

George.