Donald Blue (2)
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DONALD BLUE. AKA - "Domhnall Gorm." Scottish, Pipe March (2/4) or Reel (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Davie): AABB' (Ross). David Murray (Music of the Scottish Regiments, Edinburgh, 1994) writes, "The first pipe major of the 2nd Battalion (of the Scots Fusilier Guards) was Donald MacPherson, who transferred from the Black Watch; and it is, perhaps, a result of this connection that the Scots Guards play as their 'Lights Out' call, the march 'Donald Blue', as do the Black Watch and, indeed, did the Gordons, and that the pipe bag covers of the Scots Guards are in the Black Watch tartan" (p. 122). See also the related Cape Breton melody Cota orm s'ardach muillin (I am wearing a coat in praise of the mill).
Source for notated version:
Davie (Davie’s Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 38.
Ross (Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 62, p. 83.
Scots Guards: Standard Settings of Pipe Music, vol. 1.