Pipe Major Robert Nicol discusses his own performance of 'Th...

Title - Pipe Major Robert Nicol discusses his own performance of 'Th...
Contributors - Pipe Major Robert Bell Nicol
Reporters - Robin Lorimer

Summary - Pipe Major Robert Nicol discusses his own performance of 'The Desperate Battle'.

Pipe Major Nicol discusses his performance of 'The Desperate Battle' with Robin Lorimer. He was quite satisfied with his performance, although the crunluath a-mach could have been better. He played John MacDonald's setting which "missed out" several of the notes usually played.

They mention the story behind the tune. The battle refers to birds fighting - curlews or possibly blackcock.

It was John MacDonald who insisted he learn the tune, although he didn't like it initially. They discuss the use of two G gracenotes instead of one F and one G. Robin Lorimer comments on the disparity between the ground and variations but Pipe Major Nicol explains this is not unusual. Pipe Major Nicol never played the tune at a competition as he would be penalised for not playing the standard setting which John MacDonald considered incorrect.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:08:51
Date Recorded - 1953.11.24
Language - English
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 56564
Original Tape ID - SA1953.257
Original Track ID - SA1953.257.A2; A3; A4; A5; A6; A7; A8; A9
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R

Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Crathie and Braemar
  Village - Braemar

Item Notes - For playing of the 'The Desperate Battle' refer to SA1953.257.A1.

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