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Old 04-30-2018, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Glencoe?

What's the title of the 6/8 March that was used for the tune of Jim MacLean's Massacre of Glencoe? I used I know it, but can't remember

Got it. Colonel Robertson. Thanks Bob Pekaar and Patrick MacLaurin. I searched for "Colonel"
Slainte Leibh/ Slan Leat, Bob Cameron

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Old 05-03-2018, 12:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Glencoe?

I know this song, but never realised the connection to a bagpipe tune. Anyway purely to satisfy my own curiosity, I nosed around a bit and dug these nuggets up. From the man himself.

Subject: RE: Who wrote
From: GUEST,Jim McLean
Date: 22 Jul 02 - 05:09 PM

I have just discovered this web site and can quite clearly say that I wrote the song, words and music, in 1963. (How cruel was the snow....). It was first recorded by Nigel Denver on Decca SKL 5014 'Borderline' and has been recorded many times since. It was first published by Scott Solomon Productions and went through various hands until it reached Carlin Music from whence Duart Music aquired the rights. My email is Jawmac@aol.com and I would be happy to correspond with anyone about the song. I am deeply flattered with the interest generated. Slainte, Jim MvLean

Subject: RE: Origin: Glencoe Massacre (Jim McLean)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 08 Aug 12 - 06:52 AM

I gave a full derivation of my tune some years ago on mudcat. As a piper I was aware of Colonel Robertson and also Burns's song Sweetest May. The latter's tune is Kinloch of Kinloch which I found in Johnson's Musical Museum and predates Blow the Wind Southerly which copied the first part of Kinloch. I reduced Col. Robertson to 3/4 and changed a few bars to suit my words and MCPS and the PRS then credited me with composing a new tune ... all this info was made freely to the aforementioned bodies and Mudcat, as I said, many years ago.
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