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THE WAGTAIL SET:
  Archibald Campbell of Kilberry
  The Strathspey King
  The Wagtail
  Old Willie Duncan
   Cuir Mi Anns An Ciste Mhor
Archibald Campbell of Kilberry by John MacColl
The Strathspey King by G. S. MacLennan, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
The Wagtail by John Martin
all others traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
The beginning march in this set of tunes, Archibald Campbell of Kilberry, is written by the famous John MacColl. John MacColl was a very prolific composer, and his tunes are very much in the forefront of competitive piping today. This is one of his "smaller" tunes, and can be found in Pipe Major William Rossís Book IV. The Pipe Major William Ross in question here is late of the Scots Guards, and produced five of his own collections. The Strathspey King was written by George S. MacLennan for J. S. Skinner, in whose collections it can be found.

The Wagtail was written by our own John Martin, and Old Willie Duncan is another of our many choices from Rossís Collection of 1886. Cuir Mi Anns an Ciste Mhor was acquired by Duncan from his friend Alan Henderson at a late night session. The title, which translates from the Gaelic as "Put Me in the Great Chest", refers to the story of a well know composerís choice, made on his deathbed, to be buried wherever some item that he threw landed, which unfortunately ended up being on top of the wardrobe. This anecdote was much repeated about the highlands and in fact there are several tunes and songs, all different but with the same title, referring to this tale. This is not at all uncommon, in keeping with the highland tradition of circulating themes and stories of particular interest, about which many tunes and songs with the same or similar titles were written.

 

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