Banks of Garry (The)

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X:1 T:Banks of Garry, The M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Stewart-Robertson - The Athole Collection (1884) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D F/G/ | A>BA>F A>Bd>f | A>BA>F E/E/E ~EF/G/ | A>B A<F A>Bd>f | F>DE>F D/D/D D :| f/g/ | a>fd>f A<d f>d | e>df>d e/e/e ef/g/ | a>f d<f e<df<d | B>AB>d F/F/F Ff/g/ |a>g d<f A<d f>d | e<d f>d e/e/e e2 | f>de>d B>Ad>F | E>DE>F D/D/D D ||



BANKS OF GARRY/GARY. AKA and see "Banks of Gray." Scottish, Strathspey or Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Athole, McGlashan, Skye): AABB (Huntington). Probably "The Banks of the Garry" composed by John Crerar (1750-1840), a fiddler-composer and head gamekeeper on the Atholl estate in Perthshire, who "seems to have had lessons from Niel Gow, who may have encouraged him to compose" (Alburger, 1983). The tune appears in McGlashan's second collection (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels..., p. 32) in 1786.

The River Garry, Uisge Garadh, is a tributary of the River Tummel, which itself is a tributary of the River Tay.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - The music copybook of ship's fiddler William Litten, who kept it on his voyage to the orient 1800-1802 [Huntington].

Printed sources : - Huntington (William Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 21 (appears as "Banks of Gray"). MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 71. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), c. 1786; p. 32. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 113.






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