Oban and Lorne Society March (The)

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OBAN AND LORNE SOCIETY MARCH, THE. Scottish, March (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. A modern composition by Aberdeen-born fiddler and composer Bert Murray (1913-2003). Oban, Argyll and Bute, located on the west coast of Scotland, is the location of the distillery of a famous single-malt scotch. The town is a port and embarkation-place for Scotland's western isles, while Lorne is the area surrounding. In fact, Craig Cockburn remarks that the Gaelic name for Oban is An t-Oban Latharnach, or 'the bay of Lorne', usually shortened to An t-Oban ('the bay'). Although the modern town only emerged in the 19th century, the area has a considerable and ancient history, starting with Loarn, the brother of Fergus, who settled there about the year 498 and established a fort at Dunollie, which remained the ancestral home of the Lorne family for generations.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Murray (Bon Accord Collection), 1999.

Recorded sources: Sea-Cape ACD-9020, Buddy MacMaster - "Judique on the Floor" (1989).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Download MacMaster's version at the Great Canadian Fiddle blog [2]




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