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BANK, THE. Scottish, Air (2/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Communicated by Orchill Graham, Esq." (Gow). The lairds of Orchill were the Graham family. The original house in Orchill, Perthshire, was built in the early 18th century and is a traditional harled laird’s house with a Gothic tower and great hall.

Orchill House



Gow's coummuicant was William Graham of Orchill, also a fiddler, of whom it was said would visit Gow in nearby Dunkeld and stay up whole nights with him playing reels. On one occasion Niel exclaimed: “Troth, Orchill, you play weel;--be thankfu’, if the French should overturn our country, you and I can win our bread, which is mair than mony o’ the great folk can say.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Sixth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1822; p. 34.

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