Watch Where You're Shooting, Jimmy Walls
The tune clearly alludes to the story about a local fisherman, Jimmy Walls, who accidentally shot his arm off while trying to shoot pigeons off the roof of his hut in 1897. Like the Gaynor Leigh tune, Shooting Pigeons, the second part of the piece imitates the call of a pigeon, although with slightly less rhythmic accuracy than Leigh's piece. Fitting the pigeon's call into a 2/2 framework does make the piece easier to dance to, but there is nothing to suggest a solo piper playing without dancers would not have taken artistic licence to change the rhythm into more of a reproduction rather than a representation.
Fhere has been some controversy over the Jimmy Walls story, as the Glendenning archive states it Walls blew his own arm off, but a report in the Monmouthshire Beacon claims that Walls blew his friend Ryder's arm off. In any case, this would not be the only such mishap at Seaton Snook - as reported in the Northern Evening Mail, George Shore was killed in an accident on the Seaton Snook rifle range in 1870. However, we cannot find any other mention of a rifle range at Seaton Snook prior to the arrival of the RAF station.
The existence of song called "Look Where You're Shootin', Jimmy Walls" is mentioned by People's Mass singer George Brallisford in his 1964 interview for Beat International.
NOTES ON THE PIECE
Northumbrian Smallpipe characteristic:
"False relation" in bars 1-4 and 9-14 [blue boxes]
Ends on Supertonic (A or Rey) [purple circles]