Small Tunes Podcast: “The Red Coat”

Friday, September 5, 2014
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“The Red Coat” is tune that evokes the image of pressing red-coated English infantryman—something that has been forever burned into the American cultural consciousness. The “strathspey” is also something forever burned into the musical consciousness of all pipers. Download the score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Jack Ashore”

Friday, August 22, 2014
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In this episode we travel to Victorian England and get a taste of life on the docks of London with “Jack Ashore,” a tune composed by Harry B. Murray in 1909. The term “Jack ashore” was a common reference to a sailor or sailors, or a Jack Tar, who had come into port with the carousing and antics one would expect after being at sea for many months. Download the score and listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “He’s O’er the Hills That I Love Well”

Friday, March 28, 2014
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We open this episode with an old joke that slags bagpipers but is connected to the very old melody “Over the Hills and Far Away.” Listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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Small Tunes Podcast: “Deirdre’s Lament”

Friday, March 14, 2014
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St. Patrick’s Day is but a few days away, so why not bring out a little something from the emerald isle. This episode’s tune is a very old…

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Small Tunes Podcast: “The Favorite Dram”

Friday, February 21, 2014
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This episode’s tune is a slip jig that honors the long-lived tradition of heavy drinking. “The Favorite Dram” is a simply named tune that falls in among many with references to whiskey in the title. Listen to the podcast for more background and a rendition of the tune on the bagpipe.

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