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DONALD QUAICH. Scottish, Reel. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Very old," states Gow (1802). A 'quaich' is a small shallow bowl with projecting handles (from two to four) traditionally used for drinking whisky. The word derives form the Gaelic cuach, a cup or bowl. The tune was included by Cumbrian (Waverton, near Wigton) multi-instrumentalist John Rook in his large 1840 music manuscript (p. 189).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 479. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 23. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 62, p. 9. Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 2, 1881-1885; p.110. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 48.

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