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CHIU-RI-RUO (The Bird's Song). Scottish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA. Originally an ancient Scots harp tune, that James Manson (1846) describes as a "North Highland air." It was printed by Elias Howe c. 1867 as "Annotation:Chi-ri-vus", labelled "a North Highland air" perhaps copied from Manson's book. "Chiu-ri-ruo" was published in Edinburgh in 1784 by Patrick MacDonald, in his A collection of Highland vocal airs, never hitherto published, to which are added a few of the most lively country dances or reels of the North Highlands and Western Isles (appears as "Chiu-ri-ruo").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 156. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 21. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 121, p. 160.

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