Cadger o' Crieff (The)

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X:1 T:Cadger of Crief M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:David Young - The Drummond Castle Manuscript, Part 2 (1734, No. 35) B:https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/musicfiles/manuscripts/drummond2.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Dmix g|Tf>edf e>dBg|Tf>efg abag|fdaf edBd|AFAB d2d:| |:B|TAFAf TedBd|TAFAB d/B/d/e/ dB|TAFAf TedBd|AFAB d2d:|]



CADGER O' CRIEFF, THE. AKA and see "Change Alley." Scottish, Reel and Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A cadger was a carrier, originally a person who ferried customers about in sedan chairs (see note for "Cadgers of Cannongate") although later the word came to be a euphemism for a beggar. Crieff is a town in Perthshire, not far from Drummond Castle. The tune appears in David Young's Bodleian Manuscript (1740), which reposes in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; it is inscribed "A Collection of the Newest Country Dances Performed in Scotland written at Edinburgh by D.A. Young, W.M. 1740." The melody is also contained in Young's earlier Duke of Perth Manuscript (named after the personage to whom it was inscribed), also called the Drummond Castle Manuscript (Part 2, 1734, No. 35).

The "o'" in the title (o' Crieff) seems to be a later affectation. Young's name for the tune was "Cadger of Crieff."


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