Drunken Piper (1)

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DRUNKEN PIPER [1], THE. AKA and see "Highland Rory (2)." English, Reel: Scottish (originally), Canadian; March (2/4 time). Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Dorian (Kennedy, Raven): A Minor (Martin): A Mixolydian (Perlman). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Kennedy, Raven): AABB' (Martin, Perlman). The tune is a standard among many Cape Breton fiddlers and pipers. See also William Ross's pipe march "Highland Rory (2)" and the Donegal variant "March of the Meenatoiteen Bull (The)." See also the related first strain of "Reel of Kilwinning (The)."

Source for notated version: Hilda MacPhee MacDonald (b. 1904, Selkirk, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island; now resides in Souris) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book, vol. 2), 1954; p. 21. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 1), 1991; p. 23. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 82. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 151.

Recorded sources: Regal-Zonophone 78 RPM MR1388, Jimmy Shand.

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Index [1].
Hear accordion player David Hutchison's recording at the Internet Archive [2] (1st tune in medley, paired with "Miss Forbes’ Farewell to Banff" and "De'il in the Kitchen").




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