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    his tune is just so joyous, I knew I had to arrange it the minute I heard it. By the late Highland piper Gordon Duncan. I recently met a piper busking in Bath who says he is great friends with Gordonís son. He said that the piping world is very traditional, and I think Gordon had huge problems getting his music accepted by the piping police. Shame, as he wrote a huge number of highly original tunes. This one twists and turns all over the place.

    Iíve arranged this for mandolin (played on a Phil Davidson) two guitars in CGCGCD and of course my beloved acoustic bass.


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    Very pretty!

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    Nice!

    I learned this a while ago, after hearing a piper play it in a local session. Very tough 3rd part, just need to burn in the 'ol muscle memory, and eventually it's automatic.

    It's interesting to hear it harmonized like this. I normally hear it in session as unison melody with just some sparse guitar accompaniment, mostly buried by the pipes. The harmonies used here sometimes push and pull it in directions I don't hear internally when playing the melody, but it's still a great interpretation. Almost sounds like harp music, and I mean that in a good way.

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    Splendid work, Robbie. Gordon D was a real innovator on the pipes and as you say, not always popular with the traditional movement. I imagine he would have approved of your arranging of his tune. I am assuming that he wrote this in honour of Ian Green, the former police inspector who launched Greentrax Records in 1986 as a vehicle for promoting traditional music here in Scotland.
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    Thanks for the comments chaps.

    Interesting about the harmony- I hope I haven’t been too cavalier with my interpretation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukrobbie
    Interesting about the harmony- I hope I havenít been too cavalier with my interpretation!
    Not at all, I think it works well. Just a different approach to the more straightforward accompaniment one usually hears (if you can hear it at all) with pipers playing the tune. It helped me think about the tune in a different way.

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