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Cuckold Come Out Of The Amrey
- aka -
The Cuckold Comes Out Of The Amery

In 1992 I composed additional variations for Cuckold Come Out Of The Amrey, and turned it from a traditional 7-strain Northumbrian smallpipe tune into a reinvigorated 18-strain Border pipe tune. I published this extended arrangement in 1993 in The Border Bagpipe Book which is now out of print.

In 2010 I was astonished to find that in 2003 my arrangement had been recorded under a slightly different title, played by Richard Tognetti on violin, and included on the Official Soundtrack CD of Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (it does not feature in the film).

Thanks to my membership of the UK Musicians' Union I was able to pursue a legal claim from Fox who conceded that the arrangement is mine and constitutes a copyright work in its own right. It is likely that the musicians concerned made a genuine mistake in presuming my arrangement to be traditional, though they have not told me.

I am flattered that the Master & Commander Official Soundtrack recording of the tune gets so many youtube hits and that people have transcribed it from the CD and are circulating copies and posting their own recordings. Some of these are excellent performances. I have no problem with the performances. The scores, however, are unauthorised. If you wish to obtain a low cost and fully legal copy for your own use please contact me.

These tunes can be downloaded and printed for personal use; for commercial use please notify MCPS and/or PRS as appropriate.

All music files are supplied in Adobe PDF format. To view/print them you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 3 or later). You probably already have it lurking on your computer, or on one of those CDs you stand your coffee on. If not you can download it directly from the Adobe Website. If you're not sure how to save PDF files to your computer - click here for instructions.

Lindisfarne

Composed in 1990 before I took up the pipes, Lindisfarne is my most recorded and requested tune. It is an air, not a waltz, and I find it wants to be played more slowly now than on the recordings. It appears elsewhere on the www, mostly in unauthorised and incorrect versions. Here is the official version, enjoy it.

Port Joan Morrison

This was a Christmas present for Joan. Port is from Puirt, the Gaelic for tune, and some of the inspiration for this Port came from the 17th century Ports recorded by my friend lutenist Rob MacKillop on his Flowers of the Forest CD. Rob completed the circle by arranging it for lute and recording it on The Healing (both CDs on Greentrax, and highly recommended). I recorded it with Mr McFall's String Quartet on Border Seasons. Rob plays it more slowly than I do, and it works well both ways.

Planxty Pringle

Planxty Pringle was commissioned by my then bank manager Simon Pringle for his 50th birthday in 1997. Simon suggested the title, so I tried to come up with something a little Carolanesque which would also work on the pipes. The chord sequence is perhaps more Purcell than Carolan, but it's a nice wee tune. It's on the Border Directors CD and Canadian Highland pipe luminary Jim McGillivray has also recorded it.

I'll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toun

This is an old fiddle and pipe reel and song tune, and one of many which were given new lyrics by Robert Burns. Burns doesn't mention Border pipes in any of his writings, but he is undoubtedly part of the same cultural world as Border piping. This version has material from Peacock, Aird and Oswald; my job has been to unify and complete it as a satisfying pipe variation set.

Now Westlin Winds

One of Burns' finest songs; he specified a different tune for it, but this is the one it is sung to today. It is a lovely air; no-one seems to know where it comes from but to my ears it has a the flavour of an Irish slow air. It is recorded on the Border Seasons CD.

Gingling Geordie

An attractive tune from The Master Piper, my edition of William Dixon's 1733 manuscript of Border pipe tunes. There are earlier and later settings of this, and it survives as the Northumbrian smallpipe tune Wylam Away. The 6/4 rhythm is an old-fashioned way of writing 6/8 jig time.



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