Lord Lovat's Lament

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LORD LOVAT'S LAMENT (Cumha Mhic Shimidh). AKA - "Lord Lovat's March." AKA and see "Lament for the Highland Clearances." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Slow March (4/4 time). Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Major (Johnson, Perlman): G Major (Martin, Sweet). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Johnson, Sweet): AABB (Martin, Perlman). A well-known bagpipe march which entered fiddle repertory, perhaps through fife and drum sources. The piece is said to have been composed by either Ewen MacGregor or his pupil David Fraser, both pipers to Simon Lord Lovat. The tune would be in mixolydian mode for the bagpipes. Lovat was famous for his role in the unsuccessful Jacobite rebellion of 1745 (see note for "Lord Lovat Beheaded").

Source for notated version: Allan MacDonald (b. c. 1950, Bangor, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's No. 10: Airs & Melodies of Scotland's Past), 1992 (revised 2001); p 10. Glen (David Glen's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 9) [1], p. 26. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 1, 1991; p. 7. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 184. Queen's Own Highlanders (Standard Settings of Pipe Music); No. 78, p. 54. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1965; p. 74.

Recorded sources: Rounder 7011, "The Beatons of Mabou: Scottish Violin Music from Cape Breton" (1978).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]




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