This week’s tune is a retreat march, possibly written by Mrs Martin Hardie. I can find very little about it, although a few versions are listed on The Session website. Retreat marches are pipe tunes played at the end of the day rather than while disengaging from battle.
We looked at one of two versions, arranged in D for fiddles by Christine Martin, from one of her many tune books of traditional music; another is in G and arranged for whistles, possibly by Norman Chalmers. concertina, whistle and bodhràn player with Jock Tamson’s Bairns.
Links to the resources can be found on this new session’s Resources page.
Photo of Lismore in the Sound of Mull by Sylvia Wrigley, some rights reserved.