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Old 06-28-2020, 02:47 PM   #1
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There's a drum setting in Alex Duthart's book two called Skansen Reel, and a tune of the same name was played by Edinburgh City Police in 1960.


It's not listed in Pekaar, but does anyone know if it was published anywhere (PT, say)? Or if there is an extant recording of it?
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:26 AM   #2
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There's a drum setting in Alex Duthart's book two called Skansen Reel, and a tune of the same name was played by Edinburgh City Police in 1960.
It's not listed in Pekaar, but does anyone know if it was published anywhere (PT, say)? Or if there is an extant recording of it?
According to Google, it's listed in track 13 of this album after the spirit of old Putney.
13. Slow Air, Strathspeys & Reels: She Moves Through the Fair / Craigabodaich / Davidson's Fancy / Spirits of Old Pultney / Skansen's Reel


https://open.spotify.com/album/6JA1KjhLTcNaHdxS2sL7Ud

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Old 06-29-2020, 12:03 PM   #3
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Ah, you're a gentleman, sir! I always forget to try Spotify.
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Ah, you're a gentleman, sir! I always forget to try Google.
You're welcome, and I've fixed that typo for you too.
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Old 07-24-2020, 10:53 AM   #5
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A brief update - enquiries have discovered that the tune was in fact listed in Pekaar, but under Scansen, not Skansen. It was published in Chris Hamilton's Tone Czar collection. In the meantime, I've transcribed the tune thanks to Scratcher's expert Googling



There is however one mystery left: the composer is given as Donald MacLean. So was this DM of Lewis, or wee DM?
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Old 07-24-2020, 04:32 PM   #6
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One more lead: a correspondent informs me he copied the tune from a published collection in the late 70s. Looking at Canon's bibliography, and crossreferencing the books that didn't make it to Pekaar, a possible candidate is the fifth Cowal Collection - I don't suppose anyone has a copy - or better yet, a table of contents?
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Given that Wee Donald MacLean served with the Lovat Scouts, who provided troops for the occupation of the Faroe islands in WW2, and given that those troops were based at Fort Skansin, i'd suggest he's the stronger candidate as a composer.
And i didn't mention the G word once!
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That does seem very plausible! It was puzzling me why someone would write a tune named after a construction company without some trace of it being left.
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