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Old 06-27-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Liberton Pipe Band (Polka)

My band is learning this tune, Can anyone tell me

1. who wrote it?
2. is there still a Liberton Pipe Band?
3. at the start of the third part does your copy of published music go ACCE or ACAC?

It sounds a bit like the Northumbrian (I think) folk song 'I have a bonnet trimmed with blue' which I know from an old LP of Kathleen Ferrier. I'm assuming Liberton Pipe Band and The Liberton Polka are one and the same thing.

Many thanks if anyone can help.

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Old 06-27-2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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Hi Heatherbelle,

Can't answer either of the first questions.

I've played part three either way depending on the band I was in at the time.

Alternate titles are "Bonnet Trimmed in Blue" and "Caubeen Trimmed in Blue".

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Old 06-27-2009, 05:01 PM   #3
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Heatherbelle

The tune is known as both the Liberton Polka and Liberton Pipe Band. As already stated it's alternative names are bonnet trimmed with Blue and the Caubeen trimmed with Blue.

I am not aware if the band still exists but like Paul I have also played the 3rd part both ways.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:27 AM   #4
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I played the first part for years and knew it as the Sligo polka. When I came across the LPB I recall either reading or hearing that the tune was an amalgam of some others and The Kilberry Ball polka is the name that my tired brain is dragging up. I may be totally wrong, I have been before and I will be again.

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Old 06-28-2009, 02:33 AM   #5
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Intriguing about all these others tunes/names. Do you reckon somebody composed the Liberton Pipe Band tune, deliberately using bits of others, or unconsciously using bits of others --- OR, do you think it actually IS bands' attempts to play A tune, but the mistakes and variations somehow got set in stone, and it became what it is? Does nobody have a composers name at all?
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:22 AM   #6
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Old 06-28-2009, 04:29 AM   #8
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Just had a look at the website "Pipe Tunes". I searched for "Liberton" and found this:

"Liberton Boys Pipe Band The Holyrood Collection Part 1 2/4 March 4 parts by John Wallace"

I had a look at the book and it's the tune in question.

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Old 06-28-2009, 05:13 AM   #9
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Good grief! 12 or 13 names and counting! And that's just counting one variant of several of the versions of individual names!
Liberton Pipe Band, The Maids of Ardagh, Back o' the Haggard, Ballyscadden, I have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue, Johnny Leary's, Sliabh Mhachaire, Toormore, Swing o' the Kilt, Liberton Boys Pipe Band, Caubeen Trimmed with Blue, Sligo Polka and possibly The Kilberry Ball Polka.

And so far two composers - John Wallace, and PM Wm Norris.
Fascinating! Thank you for all that info and links. Any other names or info on those two composers or when they lived?
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:41 AM   #10
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IIRC, there was an article about the band and the tune in the Piping Times I can't recall exactly which issue but I think it was within the last few years.
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