Colonel McBain's Fancy
X:1 T:Colonel McBain's Fancy M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix a | A2 ec e2 ea | f2 af feea | A2 ec e2 ea | cdec BABc | A2 ec e2 ea | f2 af feef | a2 af e2 ae | cdec BABc || a2 af e2 ae | f2 af feef | a2 af e2 ae | cdec BABc | a2 af e2 ae | f2 af feef | agaf e2 ae | cdec BABc || A2 eA A2 fe | A2 af feea | A2 eA A2 fe | cdec BABc | A2 eA A2 fe | A2 af feef | a2 af e2 ae | cdec BABc ||
COLONEL McBAIN'S FANCY. AKA - "Colonel MacBain's Fancy." Canadian, Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBA'A'B'B' (Dunlay & Greenberg): ABC (Shears). This melody apparently was originally a pipe tune, for Barry Shears finds it in David Glen's bagpipe Tutor, Part 2 (1876-1901) in a two-part reel and a three-part strathspey setting (which is perhaps the original). The fiddle version adapts the reel setting plus the third part of the strathspey setting, according to Dunlay & Greenberg. Murdoch McDonald is sometimes credited with the composition. The tune is sometimes called "Mrs. Gordon of Cairness' Reel" by Cape Breton fiddlers, but, while musically similar, that reel is a composition of Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, fiddler-composer William Christie (1778-1849).