Kitchener's Army (1)

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KITCHENER'S ARMY [1]. AKA and see "George the Fifth's Army," "George's Army March," "King George V's Army." Scottish, March (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Paul Stewart Cranford notes that Cape Breton fiddlers often play the tune ABDC. Composed by Pipe Major George S. MacLennan (or McLennan), in honor of the forces of Lord Kitchener, commander of the British Army during World War 1. However, there is some confusion of titles between "Kitchener's Army" and "King George V's Army", two distinct tunes albeit both composed by McLennan.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 12, p. 6. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 2, 1988; p. 9 (appears as "King George V's Army"). Scots Guards, vol. 1.

Recorded sources: Rounder 82161-7032-2, Bill Lamey - "From Cape Breton to Boston and Back: Classic House Sessions of Traditional Cape Breton Music 1956-1977" (2000).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]

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