Cumberland Reel (1)
X:1 T:Cumberland Reel  M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:Kerr - Merry Melodies, vol. 1, p. 27 (c. 1880) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A|f2e d2c|d2B A2F|GFG EFG|F2G A2A| B2G d2B|A2F d2d|cde ABc|d3 d2:|| e|f2f f2e|f2f f3|f2f g2f|e2e e3| d2d d2c|d2d d3|d2B e2d|c2B ABc| d2d cBA|B2c d2A|ded cBA|B2c d3| e2e e2e|e2e efg|a2a ABc|d3 d2||
CUMBERLAND REEL . AKA and see "Hilly-Go Filly-Go All the Way," "King of the Cannibal Islands," "Nottingham Swing," "Vulcan's Cave." Scottish, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Kerr): ABC (Lees). Cumberland Reel is the name of a favorite Scottish country dance, with the word 'reel' descriptive of the dance steps rather than signifying a fast duple-time tune. As often happens, various tunes played for the dance tended to acquire the name of the dance. The county of Cumberland is first mentioned in the 10th century and is derived from the name of its inhabitants: the ancient Celtic people called the Brittons who were driven into the hills of the West of England by the Anglo-Saxon invaders-they took to calling themselves the Cymry, or brotherhood, in their time of desperation. See note for "King of the Cannibal Islands" for more on this tune.