Annotation:Biodag Air Mac Thòmais

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X:1 T:Ata bidag ar MacThomais T:Thomson had a Dirk M:C| L:1/8 B:David Young – “A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations” (AKA - The B:McFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741, No. 186, p. 233) F: N:The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland K:D e|TcA c/d/e Tc2 Ad|BG B/c/d TB2 GB|TcA c/d/e Tc2 Ad|BGdB A2A:| |:f/g/|aeec aeef|gd B/c/d/B/ gddg|ae c/d/e/c/ aeec|d/c/B/A/ GB A/A/A A:|]

BIODAG AIR MAC THOMAIS (Thomas' Son Wears a Dirk). AKA - "Tha biodag air Macthòmais," "Petercan MacOmish," "Thomson's Dirk." AKA and see "Arndilly's Reel," "Biodag Ain M' Omish," "Brodach Ain M'Omish," "Frazer's Rant." Scottish, Canadian; Reel (cut time). Canada, Cape Breton. 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. A manuscript copy of the tune was entered into Edinburgh fiddler and writing master David Young's MacFarlane Manuscript Book II (c. 1741, p. 233) that long predates Cumming's printed issue.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Paul Stewart Cranford (The Cape Breton Highland Collection), 2015; No. 76, p. 39. William Gunn (The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes), Glasgow, 1848; p. 57. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 2), 1844–1845; p. 2 (as "Petercan MacOmish"). MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 9. Angus MacKay (Piper's Assistant), c. 1844; No. 44, p. 24. Duncan McKercher (A Collection of Original Stathspeys and Reels), Edinburgh, 1824; p. 12. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 8. David Young (A Collection of Scotch Airs with the latest Variations, AKA - The McFarlane Manuscript (c. 1741; No. 186, p. 233.

Recorded sources : - Folk Lyric FL 112, Pipe Major John Burgess - "The Art of the Bagpipe" (1969). Barry Shears - "A Cape Breton Piper" (1999).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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