Boatman of Pitnacree (The)

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BOATMAN OF PITNACREE. AKA and see "Pitnacree Ferryman (The)." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Gow, Kerr): AABB (McLachlan): AABB' (Athole). Pitnacree is a small town four miles northeast of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, on the River Tay near Grandtully. "Very old," notes Gow. Pitnacree was historically the site of a ferry across the Tay, until the bridge was constructed.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 436. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; p. 33. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 17, No. 4, p. 11. MacDonald (Collection of Quicksteps, Strathspeys, Reels & Jigs), 1841, p. 30 (untitled). MacDonald (Collection of Quicksteps, Strathspeys, Reels & Jigs), c. 1888, p. 30 (as "My Woo'er, Be Merry"). John McLachlan (Piper’s Assistant)1854; No. 66, p. 37. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 91 (as "Pitnacree Ferryman"). Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 48.

Recorded sources: -EmuBands Recordings, Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band - "No Half Measures" (2013). Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean – “Gaelic in the Bow” (2005).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear/see Alasdair fraser & Natalie Hass play the tune on youtube.com [3]



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