Annotation:Bobbers of Brechin

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X:1 T:Bober's o' Brechin M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Gow - 1st Repository (1799) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gmin g|dg~g^f g2 d=f|cdfg dfcf|dgg^f ge dg|fdc>A {A}G2 GB| Ggg^f g2 {fg}d=f|c>dfg afcf|d^fga bag=f|dfc>A {A}G2G|| d|BGdG BGd=e|f>d c<f AFcA|BGdG BGdg|fdc>A {A}G2 Gd| BGdG BGd=e|f.dcf AfcA|GABc d=efg|f>dc>A {A}G2G||

BOBBERS OF BRECHIN. AKA and see "Mr. George Gordon's Reel," "Strathbogie Toast (The)." Scottish, Reel (cut time). G Dorian (most versions): A Mixolydian (McLachlan). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by fiddler-composer biography:William Marshall (1748-1833), better known for his strathspey compositions, who published it as "Mr. George Gordon's Reel." The tune weaves dorian and mixloydian modes. The town of Brechin lies in Angus, Scotland. To 'bob' has been a Scots term for dancing since the 16th century (Consise Scots Dictionary), although it has other meanings. Charles Gore's index gives an alternate title as "Robbers of Brechin."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Davie (Davie's Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 15. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 10. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1844-45; p. 22. John McLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; No. 119, p. 72. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 160.

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