Callam's Frolics

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X:1 T:Callam's Frolics M:C L:1/8 Q:"Slow" S:MacDonald - Second Collection of Strathspey Reels (1789) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Gmin TG>FDG FD C2 | TB>CDF G2D2 | TB>Cdg fdc>d | {c}BA/G/ {B}AG/^F/ {F}G2G,2 :| g>agd Bd Tg2 | facf TA2F2 | Bcdc Bcd2 | Gg (b/a/).g/.^f/ Tg2 gd | gdgb dg Bd | Acfc A2 FA | Bcdc Bd gd/c/ | {c}BA/G/ {B}AG/^F/ G2 G=F/E/ | DC/B,/ A,D (G,2G,2) ||



CALLAM'S FROLICS. Scottish, Air or Slow Strathspey (4/4 time). G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Gow, O'Neill): AABB' (Howe). The tune ("Callam's Frollock") appears in Malcolm McDonald's Second Collection (1789, reprinted in 1797), dedicated to the Earl of Breadalbane. MacDonald printed it without composer credit, although the Gows' attributed authorship to Nathaniel Gow. MacDonald was Niel Gow's bass player at about the time the tune was published, and Emmerson (1971) believes the tune was only heard by him played by one of the Gows, not composed by him, but appropriated.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 120. MacDonald (A Second Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1789; p. 5. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1853, p. 152. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 8, p. 14.

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