Braes of Athole (The)

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X:1 T:Braes of Atholl, The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:John Rook music manuscript collection (Waverton, Cumbria, 1840, p. 193) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G d|cB.A.G B/c/d e/f/g|B>AGB A/A/A A>d|cBAG B/c/d e/f/g|D3B G/G/G G:| |:f|gdBg dgdB|gdBg f2 Ae/f/|gdBg dgdB|c/B/A/G/ F>A G/G/G G2:| |:c|BGBG BG B/c/d|BG B/c/d e/f/g A>c|BG B/c/d e/f/g f/g/a|D3B G/G/G G:| |:f|gdBg dgdB|g/f/e/d/ Bg f2 Ae/f/|gdBg dgdB|c/B/A/G/ FA G/G/G G2:|]



BRAES OF ATHOLE, THE. AKA - "Braes of Atholl." AKA and see "Athol(e) Brae," "Atholl Braes." Scottish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD (Alburger, Bremner, Gow): AABBCCDDEEFF (Coes, McGlashan). Northumbrian musician William Vickers' version of "Athole Brae" differs in detail but not in outline, notes musician and researcher Matt Seattle. The melody was first printed by an anonymous publisher in 1734 in the Drummond Castle Manuscript (AKA the "Duke of Perth MS."), written by amateur violinist and writing master David Young (see "Atholl Braes"). Glen (1891), however, could only find the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Bremner's collection. Multi-instrumentalist John Rook, of Waverton, near Wigton, Cumbria, also included it in his large 1840 music manuscript collection.


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Printed sources : - Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 17, p. 38. Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; pp. 78-79 (appears as "Braes of Athol"). Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 463. George H. Coes (Coes Album of Jigs and Reels for the Violin), 1876; p. 62. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 18. McGlashan (Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780/81; p. 15. William Napier (Napier's Selection of Dances & Strathspeys), 1795; p. 27. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 301.






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