Salute to Drunkenness


This unusual tune sees first publication in the 1830 work Celtic Melodies, Being a Collection of Original Slow Highland Airs, Pipe Reels, and Cainntearachd and nowhere else since. The collection contains many tunes that had been part of the bagpipe tradition for quite a long while even in 1830. The tune is noted as being “very ancient” according to compilers Graham and Dun, and was a personal tune in the hands of a particular Highland family. A family, one might surmise, who was well acquainted with whisky-making and whisky drinking—and the results of indulging in one dram too many. The tune is a bit rambling but is a fitting tribute to that most human of experiences.

View the score for “Salute to Drunkenness.”

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Whisky Tunes is the first online, bagpipe music tune book presented in a serial format. Tunes are collected and arranged by Vince Janoski. Vince is the former editor and publisher of The Voice, the magazine of the EUSPBA and publisher and writer for Pipehacker.com.