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X:1 T:Ben Lomond M:C L:1/16 B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 2 (1844–1845, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D B2|A3FAB3 A3FAd3|{d}B 3ABd3 eee2e4|d3ff3d e3Bd3A|Bd3A3F DDD2 D2:| fg|a3fdf3 a3fdf3|{f}e3def3 eee2 e2(fg)|a3fdf3 a3baf3|{f}e3de3f ddd2 d2fg| a3fdf3 a3fdf3|{f}e3de3f eee2 e4|df3f3d e3Bd3A|Bd3A3F DDD2 D2||

BEN LOMOND. Scottish; Strathspey (whole time). D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Athole, Gow, Skye): AABB' (Kerr). The Gaelic word ben means mountain or hill, while Lomond is derived from the Gaelic term for beacon. Ben Lomond is a peak 3,192 ft. high, of south-central Scotland on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond. It is mentioned in the poet Robert Tannahill's piece "Jessie the Flower of Dunblane," which begins:

The sun has gane down o'er the lofty Ben Lomond,
And left the red clouds to reside o'er the scene;
While lanely I stray in the calm simmer gloamin',
To muse on sweet Jessie, the flow'r o' Dunblane.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 435. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 3, 1806; p. 33. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 139, p. 17. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 2), 1844–1845; p. 8. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 47. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 90. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 72-73.

Recorded sources : - Smithsonian Folkways Records, SFW CD 40507, The Beaton Family of Mabou - "Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music" (2004).

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