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Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban
Dunrobin Castle
The Wise Maid
Iain's Jig
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban by A. MacNeill
Dunrobin Castle and The Wise Maid traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
Iain's Jig traditional, variations by I. I. MacInnes
Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban is said to have been written by Archie MacNeill to commemorate the precipitate departure of his friend Donald from the Oban Games. It is commonly believed that his exit was caused by a dispute over the placings in a piping competition. This is, in fact, untrue. Donald MacLean was a very small man who would compete regularly in the sport of greyhound racing...as a jockey. It was over a dispute concerning the placings in his particular race that year that he left the games.

Dunrobin Castle was the seat of the Duke of Sutherland, a man who did for populating the north of Scotland at least as much as mixamatosis did for the rabbit. The tune comes from a pipe collection of music from the northeast of Scotland, William Gunn's Caledonian Repository published in 1867. The Wise Maid is a pipe adaptation of a fiddle tune to be found amongst the volumes of Kerr's Merry Melodies, possibly written in honor of the woman who managed to wangle a job as a snow plow driver in Trinidad. Not only that, but she managed to fiddle some overtime as well. The jig was collected by our own Iain, who added the variations.


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