Geordie Syme's Paircel o Tunes

Geordie Syme's Paircel o Tunes


The latest collection from Matt Seattle at Dragonfly Music

Geordie Syme’s Paircel o Tunes follows on from The Master Piper, our edition of the 1733 William Dixon manuscript, in a series of initiatives by ourselves and others to move beyond mere revival toward the revitalisation of the Border piping tradition.

Taking on board the accounts of Geordie as “the best piper of his time” and “the best piper in the country” and taking our lead from music manuscripts in the library of the Buccleuch family who were his patrons, we have put together a collection of music which we believe will do justice to Geordie’s reputation while at the same time challenging today’s pipers not only to enlarge their repertoire, but also to increase their skill-set and to deepen their understanding of the music.

Geordie Syme’s Paircel o Tunes is a 200-page book containing a nourishing menu of 173 musical items, from short and sweet to long and savoury, from easy to challenging. Some harmony parts are included:

20 Airs and miscellaneous tunes

15 Rants and Measures

16 Minuets

10 Triple-time Hornpipes

42 Jigs (6/8 and 6/4, i.e. dancing / listening)

14 Slip jigs

51 Reels

5 Variation Suites

Plus Introduction, Illustrations, References and Notes.




Dimension (L x W x H) 29.5 x 21 x 1.5 Centimetre
Weight 775 Gram

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