Drunken Wives of Carlisle (The)

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DRUNKEN WIVES OF CARLISLE. AKA and see "Gie the Mauking Mair O't." Scottish, Reel. Scotland, Lowlands. G Mixolydian (Johnson/Sinkler): G Major (Riddell). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCDEFG. A double tonic tune (based on two adjacent major chords) composed for the lowland pipes from the early-mid eighteenth century. The title comments on the comportment of the Cumbrian (Borders) town of Carlisle's women, although there were other tunes dedicated to the "Drunken Wives" of various locales.

Source for notated version: Source for notated version: the (Margaret) Sinkler Manuscript, p. 9.

Printed sources: Johnson (Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century), 1984; No. 14, p. 29. Riddell (Collection of Scotch Galwegian Border Tunes), 1794; p. 16.

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Tune properties and standard notation