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MacPherson's Lament

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Size: 1,338kb, uploaded 3/7/2010 11:07:39 AM
Genre: Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

An ancient Scottish air said to have been written by one Jamie MacPherson, a freebooter sentenced to be hanged. Before his sentence is carried out, he plays this tune and challenges anyone present to play it. When no one steps up, Jamie smashes his fiddle against a rock and declares, "No one shall play Jamie MacPherson's fiddle."



3 comments on “MacPherson's Lament”

tsaimichael Says:
Saturday, March 20, 2010 @7:57:08 PM

Fantastic story. You play very well!

albert52 Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @6:14:22 PM

Thanks for the song Kevin.
Beautifully played. If would be great if you post the music (melody). As much as I like bluegrass and old timey music, the Celtic heritage in me still longs for the Irish and Scottish music.

AJ

FiddlerJones Says:
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @3:16:57 AM

Hi Albert. Sorry about the delay in my response. I'm playing this version:

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/songs-tab/Macphersons_Lament.htm

. . . But I transposed it down a whole step. So instead of beginning on a B natural on the G string, I begin on the A. You should be able to figure it out from there. Also, I throw in a couple of grade notes and sets of triplets. In the first full measure of the B part, I play and open A and D string.

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