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Forum: Teacher's Lounge 02-17-2020, 04:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,247
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Shakespeare pipe lesson

If I remember correctly, Flood picked up what was ultimately a casual suggestion made in the 18th century by General Charles Vallancey, who was a notorious speculator in antiquarian and linguistic...
Forum: Music 01-14-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Did "Scotland the Brave" originate with "O'Donnell Abu"?

The tune to which ‘O’Donnell Aboo’ is sung is attributed to Charles Haliday, bandmaster of the Cavan Militia, who is said to have composed it to demonstrate the capabilities of the keyed bugle he...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 12-27-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 461
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Gibraltar, 1727–8: ‘Pride goeth before ... a fall.'

‘November 30. – To-day being St. Andrew, a Scottish gentleman, bearing the dignity of a sergeant, dressed in a Highland manner, viz., his plaid, blue bonnet, broadsword, dirk, target, target and...
Forum: Music 08-11-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,078
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Parting Glass, 2nd part

Tá dhá insint ar 'chuile scéal, is dhá leagan déag ar amhrán.
'There are two ways of telling every story, and twelve ways of singing a song.'

I've never bothered checking but I don't think 'The...
Forum: Music 07-31-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,430
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Rakes of Mallow pipe tune

In this case, the 'Rakes of Mallow' is the original title. The tune was published under that title in 1733, and the words in the 1740s. It is one of a number of tunes linked to the spa at Mallow,...
Forum: Music 06-28-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,976
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Sheet music for.....

Seacht Suailcí na Maighdine Muire was recorded by Nóirín Ní Riain with the monks of Glenstal Abbey (I think), and the recording is available online. And if you drop a query to the Irish Traditional...
Forum: Music 05-17-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 956
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Flora MacDonald's Fancy

'Bannocks o' Barley Meal'? It's the tune Irish musicians call the "Kinnegad Slashers'.
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 05-01-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,356
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Pied Pipers?

Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have quipped that if he could have trusted Marshal MacDonald, Duke of Taranto – son of a Jacobite from South Uist – within sound of the Highland bagpipes, he would have...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-21-2017, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,219
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Donald MacDonald pipes owned by Colonel Jack Churchill

Yes, that's the I saw. For some reason, I couldn't hear the narrator (or the pipes) on the website. I was looking for a particular clip of an uilleann piper which I had come across before, but had...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 10-21-2017, 05:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,219
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Donald MacDonald pipes owned by Colonel Jack Churchill

On the Pathe website, there's report on a Commando raid on some islands off Norway, and there's a couple of seconds of soldiers dancing on a ship's deck to a piper playing a full silver set of pipes....
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 10-08-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,756
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: An outsized rodent

Well, an Irish version I heard featured a 'wee mon frae Fermanagh' whose piper-daughter marries a Texan. Of course, 'everything is bigger in Texas', and when the 'wee mon' flies out for the wedding,...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 09-21-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,124
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: A RE-Tread, But For Our New(er) Pipers :)

A version of this joke doing the rounds in Dublin many years ago concerned a notoriously tight-fisted uilleann piper, a brilliant player by the way. It was said that when he drove his mother down...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 08-19-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 909
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Nice Work, Rothiemurchus, 1803.

‘My father and mother never wanted for company, and the house was as full of servants as an Indian or an Irish one, strange, ignorant creatures, running about in each other’s way, wondering at the...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 08-13-2017, 05:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,217
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Celtic ancestry.

The Irish Free State ceased to exist in 1949 when a republic was declared.
Forum: In Memoriam 07-27-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,728
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: PM Alex Peters (Royal Irish Fusiliers) RIP

I remember reading an article by David Murray in the Piping Times in which he wrote that at the formation of the Royal Irish Rangers in 1968, there was a dispute about whether the new regiment should...
Forum: Piobaireachd 06-09-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,353
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Pibroch' By The Sea 2017

Blame Herve le Floc'h?
Forum: Music 04-16-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,427
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: In search of...

Off the top of my head, I seem to remember reading that 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again' was the original, and that the song had some connection with Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore, the well-known...
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 04-06-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,995
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Cultural Appropriation?

The Sultan of Morocco has procured a glorified specimen of the Scottish bagpipe from Edinburgh, and with it a complete Highland outfit.

The Arabs, we are informed, view the dress with amazement,...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-11-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,930
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: It's started ... ! First St Patrick's Day Story

http://http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/patty-s-day-patty-s-day-patty-s-day-say-it-loud-and-say-it-proud-1.3003970...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-10-2017, 01:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,930
Posted By Seán Donnelly
It's started ... ! First St Patrick's Day Story

Google 'McDonald's Shamrock Shake' (sorry, can't manage to post link).
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 02-03-2017, 06:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,779
Posted By Seán Donnelly
A Penny to Play, Tuppence to Stop, New York

That is all an admittedly lengthy preface to a certain encounter I observed yesterday early evening in Washington Square Park. As I crossed from West to East, I heard that telltale wail coming from a...
Forum: Music 01-30-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,871
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Whats is that tune ?

Off the top of my head, I think it's an Irish reel called 'The Silver Spear'.
Forum: Music 01-27-2017, 06:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,188
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: Does anyone play "Muirsheen Durkin?"

There's a version of the tune (as a polka) in D major available at the session.org.
Forum: Beer Tent 01-24-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,305
Posted By Seán Donnelly
Re: What's crawled into your drones ?

Well, cricket is known as píobaire na gríosaí in Irish – 'the piper of the embers'.
Forum: Piping and Drumming Jokes 12-09-2016, 02:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,426
Posted By Seán Donnelly
The Unjust Incarceration?

Shattering the Silence

Some time ago I met a clergyman who had been a chaplain at a famous prison, and he began talking about the prisoners he had met and their various offences.

There was one,...
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