X:1 T:Camstroden's Rant (Old Irish) M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig Q:"Allegro" B:Thomas Wilson - A Companion to the Ball Room (London, 1816, p. 26) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D D2d D2E F3|=C2c B2A GEC|D2d D2E F3|D2d cBc d3:| |:d2e f2g e3|c2d e2f gfe|agf gfe d3|A2d c2B AFD:|]
CAMSTRONNAN'S RANT. AKA - "Camstroden's Rant." AKA and see "Card and Spin," "Jack in the West," "Mr. McPhadden's Favorite." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (9/8 time). D Mixolydian/Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody (with the spelling used in the main title above) appears in David Young's Drummond Castle Manuscript (1734, also called the Duke of Perth ms.), in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle. It is inscribed "A Collection of Country Dances written for the use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734." Other printings of the tune (as "Camstroden's Rant") can be found in John Johnson's A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol 3 (1744) and John Walsh's Fourth Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1747). Dancing master Thomas Wilson included it in his Companion to the Ball Room (London, 1816), calling it "Old Irish." Anne Gilchrist ["Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period", JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18] noted that, in her experience, the Rant was a name rather loosely applied of various lively dance-tunes, but properly seemed to her to have belonged to a quick 2/4 time melody. However, as this 9/8 tune suggests, it was applied to a variety of meters.