Belles of Campbelltown
X:1 T:Belles of Campbelltown M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D f | (a<d) (a>.f) (a<d) (a>.f) | (a<d) a>f (b<e) e>f | (a<d) (a>f) (a<d) a>f | g>ba>g (f<d) d>f | (a<d) (a>.f) (a<d) (a>.f) | (a<d) a>f (b<e) e>f | (a<d) (a>f) (a<d) a>f | g>ba>g (f<d)d || f | (A<d)(F>.d) (A>d)f>d | A>dF>d (e<E) E>d | A>dF>d A>df>d | (g/a/b) a>g (f<d) d>f | A>dF>d A>df>d | A>dF>d (e<E)E (f/g/) | a>fg>e f>de>c | A>Bd>e (f<d)d ||
BELLES OF CAMPBELLTOWN. AKA and see "Blind Nora O'Neill," "Blind Norry's," "Highland Plaid (3) (The)," "Lady Loman's," "Lady Loudon," "Tartan Plaiddie." Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The strathspey is a composition (originally in 'C' major) of Scottish composer William Gow (1751-1791), eldest son of the famed Scots fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807). William was leader of the Edinburgh Assembly Orchestra until his death. Gow's original title for the tune was "Lady Loudon," and it appears Joseph Dale's c. 1800 collection as "Highland Plaid (3) (The);" the "Belles of Campbelltown" may have been Boston publisher Elias Howe's conceit, perhaps based on its resemblance to "Lucy Campbell (3). William Bradbury Ryan also printed a version of the same tune in his collection as "Blind Nora O'Neill."