Black at the Bane

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X:1 T:Black at the Bane M:C| L:1/16 R:Strathspey S:McGlashan - Strathspey Reels (c. 1780-81) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D3E GG3 G3G G3B | AB3 G3D E4 E4 | D3E GG3 G3G GB3 | A3G B3A G4 G4 :|eg | a3eg3B A4 A2eg | a3eg2B2 (B4d2) f2 | a3eg3B d3eg2d2 | e2g2d3B G3AB2G2 |A3Bg3e d2B2G2B2| A3BG3D E4 E4 | D3E GG3 G6B2 | AG3 B3A G4 G4 ||



BLACK AT THE BANE (Dubh aig 'Chreabh). AKA - "Black at the Bone." Scottish, Strathspey or Reel (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (McGlashan): AABCAAB (Petrie). AABCCD (Christie, Davie). 'Black to the Bone', sans dialect; heartless. "Old" remark both Gow and Christie, who both published the tune in their 1822 collections. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printed version of the tune in Alexander McGlashan's collection, although it was printed by Robert Ross at about the same time. McGlashan (c.1740-1797) was nicknamed 'King' because of his stately and rather showy appearance, but was one of Edinburgh's most famous fiddler-composers and dance band leaders.


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Printed sources : - William Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; pp. 30-31. J. Davie & Co. (Davie’s Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 34. McGlashan (A Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780-81; p. 25. Robert Petrie (Fourth Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jiggs & Country Dances), c. 1805; p. Robert Ross (Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances & Strathspeys), Edinburgh, 1780; p. 3.






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