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X:1 T:Duncan Davidson S:Petrie's Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances &c. Z:Steve Wyrick <sjwyrick'at'astound'dot'net>, 6/11/04 N:Petrie's Second Collection, page 16 % Gore's Index gives earliest publication as Alexander MacGlashan's % "A Coll. Of Str. R. ..." 1778 L:1/16 M:C R:Strathspey K:D D3FA3B AF3A3B|D4 d3B AF3E3F|D3FA3B AF3A3f|e3def3 dd3 d4:| f3ed3f g3fe3d|cA3eA3 fA3eA3|f3edf3 g3fe3d|c3de3f dd3d3g | f3edf3 g3fe3d|cA3eA3 fA3eA3|fd3ge3 af3bg3|fd3ef3 dd3 d4|]

DUNCAN DAVI(D)SON. AKA and see "Borgarde's Jigg," "Duncan Davie," "1812" (USA), "1812 Quickstep" (USA), "The Eighteen-Twelve (1812) March," "Gentle Ann," "Handy Andy's Highland Fling," "Lady Baird's (4)," "Maggy's Weame is Fu I Trow," "Shakkin Trews," "Tibbie Inglis' Fancy," "Welcome Here Again," "The Wind That Shakes/Shook the Barley [1]" (Shetland), "Ye'll Aye be Welcome Back Again." Scottish, Strathspey. E Major (Gow, Hunter): D Major (Athole, Cole, Gow, Honeyman, Kerr). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cole, Honeyman). AAB (Gow Collection, Lowe): AABB and variations (Gow, Hunter): AABB' (Athole, Kerr): AABBCCDDEEFFGGHHIIJJAABB (Gow, First Collection). Variations from the 18th century in the then-fashionable Haydenesque style (which Hunter identifies as "Italianate") appear in Carlin and Hunter's editions, composed by Nathaniel Gow (not Niel Gow, as is sometimes asserted). The confusion stems from the fact that the tune was published in Niel Gow's 1784 First Collection of Niel Gow's Reels—the collection was edited and published by his son Nathaniel however, who added the variations). Glen (1891) believes its ancestral tune to have been "Strick Upon a Strogin" in the Leyden MS of 1692 (Bayard {1981} remarks, "he may be right, but I see no special reason for thinking so."). The most common names for the tune have been "Duncan Davidson" and "Ye'll Aye Be Welcome Back Again," of which the latter, according to Glen, is the older form (he also thinks Burns composed the David title). Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearances of the tune in print in Alexander McGlashan's 1780 collection (p. 14), and, as "Duncan Davie," in Joshua Campbell's 1778 collection (p. 31). It also appears in Kirkmichael, Perthshire, fiddler and composed Robert Petrie's 2nd Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances, 1796. See note for "Ye'll Aye be Welcome Back Again" for more information.

"Duncan Davidson" shows up in Ireland as the second tune in a medley of flings called "The Four Provinces." Another Irish title is "Donegal Lassies (3)." It was printed (as "Duncan Davidson") in London publisher Preston's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1800 with country dance directions. Ed Harding published the tune in 1905 in New York simply as "Reel" (Harding's All Round Collection, No. 18). A Whalsay, Shetland, variant of the tune is "Shakkin Trews."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Anderson (Anderson's Budget of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances), c. 1820; p. 35 [1]. Carlin (Gow Collection), 1986; No. 46. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 128. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 34. Gow (First Book of Niel Gow's Reels), 1784 (revised 1801); pp. 12–13 (includes variation sets). Graham (Popular Songs of Scotland), 1908; p. 205. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 11. Elias Howe (Second Part of the Musician's Companion), 1843; p. 55 (set as a reel). Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 39. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 2), No. 149. Jones [Ed.] (Complete Tutor Violin), c. 1815; p. 3. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 28, No. 3, p. 17. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1844-45; p. 6. Petrie (Third Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1802; p. 15. Preston (Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1800), 1800. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 168. Scottish Country Dance Book, Book 7, 1931; No. 4a (as "Ye'll aye be welcome back again," with references). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 94. Wilson (A Companion to the Ballroom), 1816; p. 45.

Recorded sources : - Regal Records, G6961, Peter & James Wyper [2] (melodeon and piano), recorded 1907.

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [3]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [4]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [5]

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