S7 E13 50K Download Special with so many guest musicians


June 3rd, 2023

1 hr 17 mins 11 secs

Season 7

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Dan Nolan: Un Canadien Errant, the wandering Canadian, A La Claire Fontaine, by the clear Spring
Jon Schurlock: Playing Highland Laddie from William Dixon
Ryan G Kirk: Mary Scott (From Oswald)
Jeremy Kingsbury: She Rose and Let Me In
Dave Rowlands: 'La Bernardina' by Josquin des Pres
Jeremy Kingsbury: The Carle He Came O’Er the Craft, Jim Harding’s Waltz (from Dave Rowlands, and Waltzish from Nicholas Konradsen)
Charlie Rutan: Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle
Benjamin Elzerman: Jacks Gone-a-Shearing From William Vickers/Matt Seattle
Jeremy Kingsbury: Taladh, Bundle and Go, You Silly Fool, Mr. Mackay’s Jig, The Piper’s Maggot, Woo’ed and Married an’ a (From Donald Macdonald and Eliza Ross)
James Moyar: Battle of Waterloo
Jim Sanders: Napoleon Crossing the Rhine


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I’ve included the written texts I got from folks in the off chance I mispronounced things so badly you won’t be able to connect the threads:


From Dan Nolan:

I’m playing “my first HG was made by luthier Gordiy Starukh of Lviv Ukraine which I bought in 2019. It's a 3 stringer in DG and in a style that dates to the 18th cent. The songs are Un Canadien Errant, the wandering Canadian, which was written in 1842 as a lament for rebels exiled from Canada after the failed Lower Canada Rebellion, 1837-8. The 2nd is A La Claire Fontaine, by the clear Spring, which dates back to 1604 and was originally a song of lost love but also become a resistance song after the British takeover following the F&I War. I wanted to learn some French Canadian song for French reenactors at vous and the Battle of PDC Wi. since a unit portraying the one that fought in that siege would come from Canada to participate in the event as it neared the 250th anniversary of the battle.

From Ryan Kirk: Mary Scott

Hey Jeremy here’s a quick run at Oswald’s variations on Mary Scott, a tune I learned from your podcast! I [am playing] an Aulos plastic [flute], copy of a 18th century Grenser. Very nice Instrument for the price. Thought about a wood one but humidity control in our old house is not great.

From Dave Rowlands:

This is 'La Bernardina' by Josquin des Pres (1450-1521). Not known as a composer for bagpipes, but the leading composer of his time. I have chosen this because a) it is a new find for me, b) because if pipers had access to this music and good instruments they would have played it, and c) because we should not be hidebound to 'tradition', just because it does not come from a bagpiping tradition, does not mean we cant play it, and i cite Amazing Grace as just one case. This is played by Three Swayne D pipes, and one Swayne G pipe. I hope you like it and include it. Best wishes, Dave R

From Charlie Rutan:

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle is the traditional Italian Christmas carol played by zampognari. Originally called 'Quanno Nascente Ninno', it was written down in 1754 by St Alphonsus Ligouri, with text in the Neapolitan language: and became so popular that it was later translated into Italian and became 'TU SCENDI DALLE STELLE', undergoing several small changes in its melody during that process. The melody probably existed in various forms for several centuries prior to its 1754 transcription, and is still a basis for many improvised PASTORELLES by zampognari today. I'm playing both Ciaramella ( the Italian folk oboe) and Sei Palmi Zampogna on this track. 'Sei palmi' refers to the length of the instrument's longest chanter, measured by the outsretched palm of the pipe maker's hand, much like the 'cubit' of the ancient world. Zampongne have existed in this form since at least the early 1300's; where we have evidence of the instrument being played in frescoes dated to that time. The zampogna is endemic to southern Italy, exists in about 20 different iterations in several sizes, and is a thriving bagpipe tradition to this day. Hit https://www.bagpipesfao.com/ for more zampogna fun.


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