Walking the Floor
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WALKING THE FLOOR. AKA – “Close to the Floor (2).” Scottish, Pipe Jig. The tune was composed (originally in four parts) by Scottish piper John "Jack" Chisholm, son of Pipe Major Bill Chisholm of Inverness. He served in the army during World War II, and was a member of the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band under Donald Shaw Ramsay (in whose collection the jig appears). He later emigrated to Washington, D.C., where he was Pipe Major of a band. The title commemorates his efforts to out his infant son to sleep.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Jas. Robertson and Donald Shaw Ramsay (Master Method for Highland Bagpipe), 1953; p. 50.
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 listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index