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Old 06-29-2018, 01:55 AM   #1
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Hi the 3rd set on PM Angus Macdonald, Ceol Begg from the castle, an awesome album, is a set of jigs but the second tune is nameless. Does anyone here know the name? Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:06 AM   #2
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I'm not sure it has a name at all, it's listed in the PRS database as "Nameless Jig", composed by Charles MacLeod Williamson, who also composed the preceding jig, Eileen Macdonald.

C. M. Williamson has been described as a "prototype Gordon Duncan", held in high regard by the likes of P/M Donald MacLeod. Williamson had spent time as a piper in the infantry and trained alongside the likes of Andrew Pitkeathly and Willie MacDonald of Benbecula in the Infantry Training Corps Pipe Band. P/M at that time was Donald MacLean of Lewis.


He was a prolific composer, and composed a great many tunes, including hornpipes and jigs in various time signatures, with finger twisting difficulty, but very few made it into printed collections. It seems a pity so much has been lost.
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Old 06-30-2018, 06:53 AM   #3
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Thanks Adam, im curious to find it notated somewhere. Im learning the first tune right now. Interesting grace note placements! But where might i find the second?
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:25 AM   #4
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For a prolific composer, relatively few of his tunes survive in print, Nameless Jig isn't one of them, as far as I know.

His jigs were popular, with the Groatie Buckie Mannie, Myra Hutton, Eileen MacDonald, Jimmy Yardley, etc, making it into print, mainly in the Edcath and Gordon Highlanders collections.

Charlie also composed a 6/8 march called Pipe Major Donald MacLean of Lewis, not the same tune as the Donald MacLeod 6/8!

Charlie served in the Seaforths when Donald MacLeod was P/M.
P/M Angus could have picked it up from Donald MacLeod, Donald MacLean of Lewis, or even Williamson himself, I really don't know.
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What would the copywrite situation be on his tunes?
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What would the copywrite situation be on his tunes?
As C. M. Williamson was an Edinburgh lad, his works fall under the European Economic Area rulings as per the 1992 agreement, so his works will probably be copyright free round the early part of the 2030 decade.

Of course Brexit might affect this.
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