Cockeral in the Creel

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 Theme code Index    7b521 247bL2
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    Donald MacLeod
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Pipe, Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Mixolydian
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    ABCD
 Book/Manuscript title    
 Tune and/or Page number    
 Year of publication/Date of MS    
 Artist    Biography:Ronan Martin
 Title of recording    Ronan Martin
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Wildcat Records WILDCD 101
 Year recorded    2008
 Score   ()   

COCKERAL IN THE CREEL. Scottish, Pipe Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. Settings also in the dorian mode. The reel was composed by the late Donald MacLeod from the Isle of Lewis, who, in a BBC Radio interview with John MacFadyen in 1977 said:

I composed that in Saskatchewan when I was attending one of the Summer Schools. When I was a little boy my Granny lived at Benside which is just on the outskirts of Stornoway and I remember her, and others, on Saturday evening with the upturned creel chasing the poor cockerel around the croft and when he was within distance, bang!. There he was imprisoned until Monday morning because there was no way the cockerel could be employed on Sunday. Lewis people, as you know, observed the Sabbath - even our animals did. But his protestations always amused me. I took many, many years to get a tune which sounded anywhere near the poor cockerel as he was put under the creel.

Recorded source: Wildcat Records WILDCD 101, Ronan Martin - "Ronan Martin" (2008).

T:Cockerel in the Creel,The
S:P/M Donald MacLeod's Collection, Book 6
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