My Tunes

Mike Campbell’s Reel

I wrote this tune back in 1995 and named it for one of Oban’s characters, the late Mike Campbell. I first met Mike when I was still in school as he worked as a clam diver with the father of one of my friends. Later, when I was old enough to drink in the pubs, he would regularly be found in The Oban Inn, telling stories and sinking a fair few drams. He loved the music and always had a request for a tune or two from me.


I use the excellent, open-source software MuseScore for final score engraving. You can upload your tunes to musescore.com and then embed the score in your own site.

Mike Campbell’s Reel by Stephen McNally by bagpie

Below is the tune in ABC Notation. ABC is a great way to share simple, single staff notation and is popular amongst traditional musicians. You can learn about ABC notation here and I recommend EasyABC to convert the tunes into standard notation, for editing and playback.

X:4
T:Mike Campbell’s Reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:2/4=100
C:© 1995 Stephen P McNally
N:For Mike Campbell of Oban
K:D
|: (3FEF BF dfed |(3cBc (3ABc EBAG |(3FEF BF dfed |1 c2 (3ABc dBB2 :|2 c2 (3ABc dBBc ||
d2fd afed | (3cBc (3ABc eABc | d2fd afed | (3cBc (3ABc dBBc |
d2fd afed |(3cBc (3ABc EBAG | (3FEF BF dfed | c2 (3ABc dBB2 ||
|: (3B^AB FF dFBF | (3B^AB GG dGBG | (3cBc (3AAA EA (3fed |1 (3cBc (3ABc dBB2 :|2 (3cBc (3ABc dBBc ||
d2Ad fdFd | (3ddd Bd gdGd | (3ddd cd Adcd | (3cBc (3ABc dBBc |
d2Ad FdDd | (3ddd Bd GdDd | (3cBc (3ABA EA (3fed | (3cBc (3ABc dBB2 ||

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