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.”