Delrachnie's Rant

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DELRACHNIE'S RANT. AKA and see "Heigh Way to Inverness," "High Way to Inverness," "Highway to Inverness," "Prince's Welcome into Inverness (The)." Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A note in Walker (1866) says "very old." He is correct, for the melody appears in the 1770 Northumbrian music manuscript collection of William Vickers, under the title "High Way to Inverness." Anne Gilchrist ["Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period", JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18] noted that, in her experience, the Rant was a name rather loosely applied of various lively dance-tunes, but properly seemed to her to have belonged to a quick 2/4 time melody. However, as this strathspey suggests, it was applied to a variety of meters.

Dalrachney Lodge (note spelling) is an Edwardian-era hunting lodge built in 1845 by the River Dulnain in Carrbridge.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 168, p. 58.

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