Tune of the Day: Johnny's Trip to France
This march tune is taken from Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. He writes:
The above fine marching tune tho' manifestly in the Irish style is probably of Scotch origin because it comes from the subconscious memory of the writer who associated in Chicago nearly 50 years ago, with such noted Highland pipers as McLean, Cant, and Monroe. Of the four distinct tunes named after Lochiel the Jacobite hero to be found in old printed collections, I find that one specially arranged for the Highland bagpipe is a variant of “Johnny's Trip to France”; dreamily remembered by the editor since early manhood.