New Year, New Tune!

by adminKFS on · 5 comments

Happy New Year everyone!

No better way to start off the new year than by learning a new tune! This is another one of my favourites and of course it’s a pipe tune. I’m not sure of the name – if anyone knows, please let me know! I’ve included a version of the B part played on pipes; the fiddle version goes down to a low E which is out of pipe range. I’m not sure if the fiddle version grew from an original pipe version or if the tune was adapted to pipes. Again, if anyone has any info, please pass it along. In the pipe version, there is a C# which is not in the key of G, but is the fixed note on the pipe chanter. This gives it a distinctive modal flavour even though the majority of the tune is in G major. This is why I love pipe tunes – there are a lot of guts packed into simple melodies of 9 notes!

I’ve included two recordings- a slowed down version of the tune, and one up to speed.

G reel slow

G reel at tempo

Please let me know what you think of the tune- Enjoy!



December 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm, Laura Kozachek said...

Dear Kimberley,

Thanks so much for this tune! I bumped into it when trying to find out how things are going. Now I have a new tune to learn which perks me up. Mary McGillvray came over to our house for tea and stayed for dinner. She had mentioned that you weren’t coming to town next week, so I feel sad about that.

I wish you all the best for the New Year and thanks again for the uplifting pipe tune. I’ve been working on “Pressed for Time” and trying to get a few other new tunes and weaving the old ones together. I have a good HD camera and am all set up for Skype by the way.

The kids are still having their bedtime story, so I’ll grab my fiddle and enjoy that tune!



February 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm, Blaine Jessome said...

This is a very nice tune. I just started taking lessons in May 2012. I started with music reading first and have slowly progressed. I am 50 years old and never thought I would be able to do it. I found out that I have a natural ear for it, which by the way slows me down because I have to hit every note right on. When I miss a note, I always try to correct it instead of just plowing through. I wish I was younger because younger players are not afraid to make a mistake. I strive for perfection every time.OCD!! Anyway I think that it’s nice for people like yourself to offer tips for free and give lessons. I like your site very much.I see that you’re from Sydney Mines, I’m from Florence and have been living in Antigonish since May of ’88. I also like the video of you and Brenda Stubbert playing each others fiddles.

From the Highland Heart of Nova Scotia

Slainte Mhath


    February 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm, Kimberley Fraser said...

    Hi Blaine,
    Thanks for the comments. Glad you are enjoying the tune and the site. I know how difficult it is to want to make everything sound perfect- remember sometimes “plowing” through is good practice too!

February 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm, Ben Miller said...

Hey Kimberly,
Great tune here. The pipe version is known is Scotland as the “Periwig”. It also has a Gaelic title that I cannot recall. I learned it from the playing of Fin Moore and Dr. Angus MacDonald a few years back. Cheers!

    February 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm, Kimberley Fraser said...

    Hi Ben
    Thanks for this. I thought it was the PeerieWeerie but then found that was a different tune. I guess I was close!

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