Collection of Irish Tunes for the Bagpipe by Ailean Nicholson

An update by Geoff Hore 2008-2015.  The writing in black font is from A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music. The update comments are in blue font.

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Book 1

1      c1978-82

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p [i], title (front cover); p [ii], index (inside front cover); pp 1-28, tunes (70); p [29], foreword.

  • Geoff Hore’s Collection.

The construction of this book is unusual; the outer cover is a single sheet of glossy light cardboard folded in half.  The pages are made up of a number of single sheets of paper and also folded in the middle.  The music is all hand-written by the compiler and photocopied onto the pages.  The pages are held in the cover by a single brass rivet in the top left hand corner (see the image of the title-page).  There is no ISBN.

There is no date of publication but some comments in the Foreword assist in narrowing it down.  There is a reference to ‘Donald MacLean (Lewis) – deceased’; he died in 1964.  There is also a reference Pipe Major Donald MacLeod and there is no reference to his death which occurred in 1982.    This book could have been published any time between 1964 and 1982.

2      1985

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p [i], title (front cover); p [ii], index (inside front cover); p [iii], preface; p [iv], foreword; pp 1-110. tunes (175); pp [111-112], tunes (2); p [113], errata.

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 A comment in the Preface ‘In compiling the old original Irish Pipe Music in this Collection…’ leaves us in no doubt this was not the first edition.  It is dated below the Preface 1985 and there is no ISBN.

Most of the tunes from edition 1 are included in this edition along with many additional tunes.  All tunes in both editions are hand written but have been reset for this edition.  In some cases the tune titles have changed and in others there are spelling errors.

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Book 2

1      1987

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p [i], title (front cover); p [ii], index (inside front cover); p [iii], preface; p [iv], blank; pp 1-82. tunes (127). 

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When first acquired it was thought this was an illegal, but well produced, photocopy.  Some time later another identical book was seen and since then up to six identical copies.  It is now thought these books are as they were originally produced by the compiler.  Like both versions of Book 1 it is hand written and photocopied and there is no ISBN.

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Book 3

1      1987 or later

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p [i], title (front cover); p [ii], index (inside front cover); p [iii], preface; p [iv], advertisement; p [v], photograph; pp 1-108, tunes (185). 

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Like Books 1 and 2, this one is reproduced by photocopying hand written music.  There is no ISBN.

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  • Rev 00. (9 April 2015).

© Geoff Hore 2015