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Fàgail Bharraigh, 04 October 1976

Track ID : 60153

Contributors : Stewart, Mrs Mòr (6612)

The bard was passing Barra on a ship on his way to Montreal when he composed this homeland song. He tells of his sadness at seeing a glimpse of his native island and he thinks of those he left behi...

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Balmoral Highlanders/Father John MacMillan of Barra/Jean Mauchline, 1977

Track ID : 60155

Diddling of three marches. They are 'Balmoral Highlanders', 'Father John MacMillan of Barra' and 'Jean Mauchline'.

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Diddling, 1977

Track ID : 60156

Duncan Williamson points out that the pronunciation of the 'words' change in faster diddling. His mother was a great diddler, 'Bundle and Go' being one of her favourites. He diddles two tunes.

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A' teagasg leughadh agus sgrìobhadh Gàidhlig., 04 October 1976

Track ID : 60157

Contributors : Stewart, Mrs Mòr (6612)

Learning to read and write Gaelic. Mr Arbuckle, an excellent teacher, taught the contributor's mother to read and write Gaelic. This was done after school hours. The contributor was then taught by...

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Leaving Lismore, 1977

Track ID : 60158

A piper would choose a tune to play according to the location, occasion and listeners. He might play a slow tune, such as 'Leaving Lismore'. It is diddled here.

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Diddling, 1977

Track ID : 60162

Duncan Williamson diddles a tune he calls 'Loch Duie' [Bràigh Loch Iall], to which he has also set words at the request of old Maggie Cameron. She liked the tune because Sandy played it on the pipe...

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Sir Patrick Spens/Over the Sea to Skye/The Man from Skye, 1977

Track ID : 60164

Any tune can be diddled, if suitable syllables are used; Sandy Cameron's way with canntaireachd; a good woman diddler; a versatile piper. Duncan Williamson diddles 'Sir Patrick Spens' and says tha...

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Ruairidh MacAmhlaigh à Circebost., October 1976

Track ID : 60166

Roderick MacAulay, Kirkebost. Roderick MacAulay from Kirkebost was the laird of Balelone. His great-grandfather, Norman Thompson, came as a shepherd to Griminish. The contributor worked for Roderi...

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The Bloody Fields of Flanders, 1977

Track ID : 60167

Duncan Williamson says this is his version of the 3/4 march 'The Bloody Fields of Flanders', and that the tune was a great favourite with Hamish Henderson.

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The Death of Queen Jane, 1977

Track ID : 60168

Any tune can be diddled if you know it well. Duncan Williamson diddles the tune of 'The Death of Queen Jane', then sings some verses. He was not thinking of the words when he was diddling.

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