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Old 10-07-2017, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House

In June, we were lucky enough to catch the upcoming folk group Pons Aelius at a gig in Arisaig. My kids loved it and we got their new CD.

Consequently, it has been a nightly feature in my 8 year old's cd-player and I haven't had full opportunity to listen to it yet.

But, I caught myself humming a beautiful lament which is on the CD - Lament For John Morrison Of Assynt House.

I believe it is by Donald MacLeod. It is one of the PS set tunes, but they list it in a book 20th Piobaireachd that I cannot find.

I have a few questions about the tune:

1. Does it have a crunluath a mach?
2. I compete at grade 2 and am learning Battle Of Bealach Nam Brog. Is Lament For JM Assynt House within the same compass of difficulty, etc.
3. Where can I get this tune?

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Old 10-07-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House

Piobaireachd Society books are available through the College of Piping online shop. If you go to the CoP website and then SHOP > Books > Piobaireachd Books > More Piobaireachd Books > Modern Piobaireachd it should get you to the book you want. Confusingly it is not catalogued under the Piobaireachd Society Products page on the CoP website. I'll have to have a word with the College about that.

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Old 10-07-2017, 12:51 PM   #3
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I believe you can find it in Donald MacLeod's collection, book 6.
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Old 10-07-2017, 01:44 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the quick responses.

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Old 10-09-2017, 03:19 PM   #5
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I really like that tune as well. There's a good recording of Angus MacColl playing it on the Piobaireachd Society website.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:04 PM   #6
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I found the recording, thanks.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:45 PM   #7
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And, at least in Donald Macleod's Book 6, there isn't a crunluath a mach variation.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:38 PM   #8
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Ben McClamrock gave a lovely performance of this tune at the Piobaireachd Conference in Morristown, New Jersey, back in April (two performances, if I recall correctly). I was about to write "too bad there's no recording" when I thought to check... and here it is, thanks to YouTube (and PipersDojo for posting it, and Jim Stack for organizing the conference, and Ben, of course) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEo7OW9BKbA . Amusingly enough, I can see myself in the mirror, and at least one other forumite is clearly visible.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:21 AM   #9
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Yep, there we are (Jean G, Scott E, and myself in the middle). I would have dressed up had I known.

Great conference, and Ben gave a lovely tune here. Steve, am I correct in recalling that he took second to Derek Midgley and that the judges remarked that it was the playing of the triplet G-D-E figure from C to B in the Taorluath and the corresponding figure in the Taorluath Doubling, which he interpreted as a different rhythm than the taorluath, which cost him the win?
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Old 10-12-2017, 07:18 PM   #10
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As I recall, Derek came in first with The Vaunting and Ben was second. I wouldn't care to speculate on the reason, and would gladly listen to either one again.

The rhythmic contrast Ben put in the C-to-B movements in the taorluath sounded quite musical to me and fit well with the unambiguous rhythmic contrast Book 6 shows in the corresponding locations in the crunluath.
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