Lochaber Gathering

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X:1 T:Lochaber Gathering M:C L:1/8 R:Air C:G.S. McLennan S:Arthur S. Robertson's arrangement (1983) K:A (e>d)|c2 (B<A) {B}A>Bc<e|{c}d>(ef>)(g a>)ef<a|c2 (B<A)| A>(ce>)(c|f>)(e d>)(c B2) (e>d) c2 (B<A) {B}A>Bc<e|{c}d>(eg>)(g a>)ef<a|(c>A)(A>c) (c<e)d>(B|{d}c2) A2 A2:| |:(3efg|a2 e>(f e>)Ac<A|{g}a2 (c<e) {g}f>e d<c|a2 e>(f e>)Ac<e|{g}(f>e) (d>c) {B}(B (3efg)| a2 e>(f e)>Ac<A|{g}a>Ac<e {g}a2 e>d|c>A A>c|(c<e)d>(B|{d}c2)A2A2:| |:(e>d)|(c>A) A>c (c<e)A>(c|d>A) A>d (d<f)A>(d|c>A) A>c c<Ac<e|{g}(f>e)(d>c) {B}(B2 e>d)| (c>A)A>c (c<e)A>(c|d>A)A>d (d<f)A>(d|c>A)A>c (c<e)d>(B|{d}c2)A2A2:| |:(3efg|a>(Aa>e) c<ec<A|d>(fd>B) c<ec<A|d>(fB>d) (c<e)A>(c|f)>(ed>)(c B2) (3efg| a>(Aa>e) c<ec<A|d>(fd>B) c<ec<A|(c>A)A>c (c<e)d>(B|{d}c2)A2A2:||



LOCHABER GATHERING. Scottish, Cape Breton; March (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Composed by Pipe Major George S. McLennan [1] (1883-1929), the melody is popular at piping competitions. McLennan was born into a piping family; his father, Ian McLennan, published a rather small collection called The Piobaireachd in 1923.

George Stewart McLennan

The Lochobar Gathering is one of the premier pipe competitions that dates at least to 1816, when the event was recorded in the annals of the Highland Society of London. In modern times the Lochaber Gathering is held each July or August in the Highland town of Fort William.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler Jean-Ann Callender (Aberdeen) [Martin].

Printed sources : - John Wilsons Collection, vol. 2, 1957. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 34. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 67. Scots Guards, Book 2.

Recorded sources : - Shanachie 14001, "The Early Recordings of Angus Chisholm."

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
See Paul Stewart Cranford's transcription of Cape Breton fiddler Angus Chisholm's recording of the tune at Cranford Publications [3]
Hear a 1952 recording of piper Donald MacDonald playing the tune at Tobar an Dualchais [4]
Hear Angus Chisholm's c. 1930's recording at the Internet Archive [5]



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