Biodag Air Mac Thòmais

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X:1 T:Arndilly's Reell T:Bittae air Mac' homaich M:C| L:1/8 B:Cumming - A Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels (1780, No. 21, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A e|cA c/d/e c2 Ad|BG B/c/d {=c}B2 GB|cA c/d/e T^c2 Ad|BGdB A2A:| |:g|aeec aeef|=gddB gddg|aeec aeed|cABG A2A:|]



BIODAG AIR MAC THOMAIS (Thomas' Son Wears a Dirk). AKA - "Tha biodag air Macthòmais," "Thomson's Dirk." AKA and see "Arndilly's Reel," "Biodag Ain M' Omish," "Brodach Ain M'Omish." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune was first published in Angus Cumming's A Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels (1782, p. 8) as "Arndilly's Reel" with the alternate (garbled) Scots Gaelic title "Bittae air Mac' homaich" (i.e. "Biodag air Mac Thòmais"). The tune was not Cumming's however, as it is referenced in older Gaelic sources.


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Printed sources : - William Gunn (The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes), Glasgow, 1848; p. 57. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 9. Duncan McKercher (A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels), Edinburgh, 1824; p. 12. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 8.






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