This work uses melodies from the composer’s Isle of Skye collection of original and traditional tunes for Highland bagpipe (Op. 16). It is arranged as a set of airs and dances, the latter proceeding in the familiar manner from Strathspey to Reel to Jig. The appearance of tunes is as follows: Laoidh Dhiarmad, The Black Cuillins, Loch Coruisk, Armadale Castle (Strathspey), Mrs Mackinnon of Torrin (Reel), Talisker Whisky (Jig), ’fac thu na féidh?, Talisker Whisky, Colann gun chean, Talisker Whisky.
A note on the traditional tunes (collected by Francis Tolmie): Laiodh Dhiarmad (The lay of Diarmid) is a heroic lay, and was collected from the singing of Margaret MacLeod, cotter, Portree, Skye, in 1870. ’fac thu na féidh? (Have you seen the deer?) was sung in the nursery at Bracadale Manse, Skye, in 1861, and Colann gun chean (The headless body) was sung by Mrs Macpherson (Mary Macdonald), poet and native of Trotternish, Skye, at Contin Manse, Ross-shire, in 1870.