Annotation:Alasdair MacAlister

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X:1 T:Allister McAllister M:C L:1/8 R:Quickstep B: John McLachlan - Piper’s Assistant (1854, No. 22, pp. 12-13) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amix e/d/|cA AB/A/|GA Ae/d/|cA A/B/c/d/|e2 Tfe/d/|cA A/A/B/A/|GA Ac| TBG G/A/B/c/|d2 d||e/d/|cee f/g/|ae Tfe/d/|cee f/g/|a2 e>d| ce eg|a/g/f/e/ g2|TBG G/A/B/c/|d2 de/d/|cee f/g/|ae e/f/e/d/| cee f/g/|a2 eg|ag/f/ gf/e/|fe/d/ eg|TBG G/A/B/c/|d2 d||

ALASDAIR MACALISTER. AKA - "Alistair/Allister/Alister MacAlastair/McAlister/Mac Alasdair." AKA and see "Little Katie Kearney." Scottish, Strathspey. A Mixolydian (McLachlan): A Minor (Doyle, Kerr, Skye): G Minor (Cole, White): E Minor (Robbins). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cole, Doyle, Robbins, White): AAB (Athole, Skye): AABB (Hardings). A popular melody throughout Britain, Ireland and North America, in a variety of settings. A version of the tune is played in Ireland as a polka under the names "Denis Doody's (2)," "Glin Cottage Polka (1) (The)," "Glen Cottage Polka (2) (The)," "Green Cottage (2) (The)," "McAllister's Fling," "St. Patrick was a Gentleman (2)" and "St. Patrick was Your Patron Saint." The Irish reels "Monaghan Twig (1)" and "Tinker's Apron (2) (The)" are also a cognate tunes.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a c. 1847 music manuscript by Ellis Knowles, a musician from Radcliffe, Lancashire, England [Doyle].

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 126. Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book), 1997; p. 43 (appears as "Allister McAllister"). Hardings All-Round Collection, 1905; No. 165, pp. 52-53. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 53, p. 9. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 119. McLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; No. 22, pp. 12-13. Robbins Music Corp. (The Robbins collection of 200 jigs, reels and country dances), New York, 1933; No. 172 p. 55. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 165. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 45. White's Unique Collection, 1896; No. 169, p. 31.

Recorded sources : - OKeh 4840 (78 RPM), Patrick Gaffney (1923, as "McAllister Fling").

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