Captain Carswell / The Gallant Return / The Dundee Predicament

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Frank Blair
Willie Lawrie / Frank Blair / Frank Blair

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From the CD "Cathedral of Memory."

The first tune is a 2-part variation of the 4-part, 2/4 pipe march written by Pipe Major William Lawrie (1881-1916) of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 

The second is an original 2/4 march called "The Gallant Return" in honor of the 51st Highland Division's liberation of St. Valery-en-Caux in WWII. Earlier in the war the 51st was forced to surrender at St. Valery after running out of ammunition and food while fighting a rear guard action that made the rescue at Dunkirk possible. 

The third tune is an original quick jig called "The Dundee Predicament." Dundee, OR is a town near where I live where traffic often backs up for miles in both directions. This is especially acute during the summer as tourists and Portlanders travel through the Willamette Valley wine country to/from the Oregon coast. The carriage and tempo of the tune bear no resemblance to the experience of this phenomenon.

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