Cumberland Reel (1)

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CUMBERLAND REEL [1]. 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.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 1, p. 27. J. Kenyon Lees (Balmoral Reel Book), Glasgow, 1910; p. 29.

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