Here is a pipe version by Chris Ormston that includes a picture of Tom Clough with Nancy, his wife. The tune Nancy begins at about 1:39 in. Very interesting video and musical history of the Clough family.
I really enjoyed this first outing for your new model 24 ET, very nice tone.
Nancy, the tune, is new to me too although it is vaguely familiar. Reading about Tom Clough, this is about his wife, Nancy, and I think that you have communicated his happiness in your version. That was the immediate emotion that I felt when I heard your tune. Although you may not have consciously intended it, your version did give me the impression of hearing the pipes being played, albeit without a drone.
As others have already noted, your arrangement for EC is quite remarkable. I would love to read how you approached the arrangement. Paul has asked for the dots, and that would be good to have, but I would like to understand how you got from a lead sheet to your arrangement. If asked I would have guessed that you were playing a duet and not an EC.
I would like to hear it a little bit faster, I think, and if you want to keep it as long as it is then maybe you could try modulating part of it into another key - very non-traditional I know, but it might keep up the interest and emotion into the last couple of minutes.
Don, thanks a lot for your listening and in-depth remarks. I'm very happy with the impression you're describing. You're right insofar I rather intended a fiddle-like sound, at least in sections A and B (and partly D). It's amazing to actually hear this (piper's) tune played by a piper (as in the video you provided). The faster tempo is quite appealing to me as well, although I'm not sure it would work with passing harmony instead of the drone (which I also tried, but not to my entire liking as yet).
The other issue, or topic, you're raising - and I reckon rightly so - is variation. I often seem to be sort of enchanted by a certain tune so that I could go through it again and again, always anticipating the next sweet moment - but this might not naturally spread out to an audience to the same degree. As I seem to be reluctant of taking the tune to another key I'm musing about either different manners of playing/embellishing, or true variations in the "classical" sense.
Wherever this will lead me to (maybe even inserting a drone in between), you gave me some vital things to work on.
As to the arrangement (which is however fairly basic, and has not been worked out on screen or paper this time, making it thus more a case of application of my general approach I guess) I will come back to that later.
Best wishes - Wolf
Edited by blue eyed sailor, 21 November 2017 - 05:41 AM.