X:1 T:Cheap Meal N:”Very Old” M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 5 (1844-45, p. 5) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D B|AFED dFED|EBBA BEEd|AFED defe|dBAF ADD:| f|(ab)af (de)fd|ebba beef|(ab)af (de)fe|dBAF ADDf| (ab)af (de)fd|ebba beef|abef dgfe|dBAF ADD||
CHEAP MEAL. AKA and see "Dear Meal (The)," "Dear Meal is Cheap Again (The)," "Cairngorum," "Good Harvest," "Lucy Campbell (2)." Scottish, Reel (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow): AAB (Kerr): AABB' (Athole). John Glen (1891) finds the tune earliest in print in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (p. 39). Gow (1817) gives the alternate title "Good Harvest." See also the related "Leap Year (1)", from the Elias Howe publications.