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Old 06-10-2019, 09:25 PM   #11
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Some of the WW1 tunes have stories behind them -- some were written in the trenches by guys who were at the Somme and the like. Some tunes like Road To The Isles were played at Normandy, which gives them a story. The slow air Fair Maid of Barra has a story behind it.
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Thanks, folks! Some good suggestions for me to research.
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:45 AM   #13
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:12 AM   #14
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:00 AM   #15
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I don't know the original story behind "The Steam Train to Mallaig" but it might be of interest that it (now "The Jacobite Express") featured in the first few Harry Potter movies as "The Hogwart's Express".

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Old 06-15-2019, 01:14 PM   #16
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The Heights of Dargai has some good history too. Lots of good options here.


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Old 06-15-2019, 03:52 PM   #17
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Old 06-17-2019, 11:11 AM   #18
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If I remember correctly, A.G. Kenneth's reel, The Back of the Moon was written somewhat by mistake. According to the story I heard, he brain-farted while playing for dancers at a party and went wildly off the tune he was supposed to be playing, so he made up a reel on the fly to keep the beat. He or somebody else jokingly made comment that his head or playing went to "The Back of the Moon" and the name stuck. Damned fine tune no matter how it was inspired.
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Many years ago I wrote a reel named "Clam Chowder For Breakfast" for a wee lad who loved New England clam chowder. He never actiually had it for breakfast, but probably would have if offered. That wee lad is now almost 35 Years old and a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy.
I still play the tune in a set of reels
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Many of the tunes from the Great War have compelling stories behind them, as do many piobaireachds. The Lament for the Children immediately comes to mind. A lot of Gordon Duncan's tunes have great stories behind them.
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