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Message 10980 · The_Healys · 18 Feb 1998 17:51:30 · Top

Lara Friedman~Shedlov asks for the tunes for Johnnie Walker and
Alan Paterson replies (no doubt 100% accurately) :

> Norman & Helen Robson and Little & Large (both by George Meikle)

However, I have three recordings of Johnnie Walker which use:

Rob Gordon version -
McPhedran's Strathspey
Mrs Blair
Soldiers Dance

Ian MacPhail version -
Ian MacPhail's Compliments to John MacInnes
The Emperor's Warriors

Jim Berry version -
Rose Among the Heather
J F McKenzie
Humours of Glendart
The Weaver and his Wife

A case where the originals do not appear to have caught on??

Jim Healy
Perth, Scotland

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Message 10981 · Anselm Lingnau · 18 Feb 1998 18:17:21 · Top

Jim Healy <The_Healys@compuserve.com> writes:

> A case where the originals do not appear to have caught on??

The edition of the Whisky Collection that I possess does not list any
suggested tunes for Johnnie Walker. I'd guess that they have included
the tune names in a newer edition, or that George Meikle wrote/recorded
music for Johnnie Walker and that his version somehow became `canonical'
after the fact, without being mentioned in the book (Alan -- do you know
where your information came from?).

This happens all the time. For example, the Black Mountain Reel now
sports its own tune although the book (Derek Haynes's Carnforth
Collection, which is already a reprint of the original Glendarroch
leaflet) still says `Trumpet Hornpipe'. On a related note, I have a
number of recordings that profess to be music for The Bees of M., but
only one of them uses the tune that is really mentioned with the
description, namely the Forres Country Dance.

Anselm
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Anselm Lingnau ......................... lingnau@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de
Never learn to do anything: if you don't learn, you'll always find someone else
to do it for you. --- Mark Twain

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Message 10982 · Alan Paterson · 18 Feb 1998 18:34:33 · Top

.. and the Colin Dewar version -
Derek Lawrence's Farewell to Scotland
Craws of Currie

..and the Alastair Hunter version:
The Fiddler's Friend
Shennachie
The Curlew

However, The Lothian band version DOES have the 2 which I listed (not surprising if you
know which band George Meikle plays for :-)

--
Alan Paterson
Berne, Switzerland

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Message 10983 · Alan Paterson · 18 Feb 1998 18:36:16 · Top

>Alan -- do you know where your information came from?).

>From the Sutton Coldfield Index (Barry Priddey)

Alan

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Alan Paterson
Berne, Switzerland

Tunes for Johnnie Walker, etc.

Message 10990 · Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov · 18 Feb 1998 23:35:53 · Top

Thanks to all for the help on this. I have passed all the information
along to the band and I'll let them figure it out.

--Lara

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lara Friedman~Shedlov You have the right to remain silent.
laradf@alumni.si.umich.edu Anything you say will be misquoted,
then used against you.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Message 10998 · SMiskoe · 19 Feb 1998 03:12:37 · Top

A note about Trumpet Hornpipe. It is a fiddly tune that takes some technique
in order for it to be well presented. I suspect that musicians have selected
a more benign tune in order to make the dance better. There is nothing worse
than laboring through a tune because it must be played and knowing that given
your druthers you would pick something different.
Cheers,
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH

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