Duncan Swine's Wife

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X:1 T:Duncan Swine's Wife S:”Old” N:Christie was a dancing master, fiddler N:and composer from Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire. M:C L:1/16 N:”Communicated by J. Allardyce.” R:Strathspey B:Christie - Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, B:Waltzes &c. (Edinburgh, 1820, p. 27) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin d2|:Tc3A AAA2 G3c Td4|cA3A3B ~c3de3d|cA3A3c BG3 ~d4|1 cA3 T(A4 {^GA}c3)d {cd}e3d:|2 cA3 TA2 {^GB}c3d {cd}e3c|| d3eg3a ge3 ~d4|d3eg3a Tg3fec3|d3eg3a ge3 ~d4|cA3 TA4{^GA}~c3d {cd}e3c| d3eg3a ge3~d4|d3eg3a Tg3fe2c2|de3ga3 ge3d2e2|ce3 TA3B c3d {cd}e3d||



DUNCAN SWINE'S WIFE. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Duncan Swine's Wife" is a strathspey that can be found in Cuminestown, Aberdeenshire, dancing master and fiddler-composer William Christie's 1820 collection. Christie (1778-1849) described the tune as "old" and stated it was communicated to him by J. Allardyce (who also "communicated" a few other old Aberdeenshire tunes in Christie's collection, "Warld's gane o'er me now (The)," "I'll Hae a Piper to My Gudeman," and "Lassie an' Siller an' a's my ain").


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 27.

Recorded sources : - Make Believe Records MBR2CD, Lauren MacColl - "Strewn with Ribbons" (2009). Marquis 7 7471 81325 2 9, David Greenberg & David McGuinness - "Spring Any Day Now: Music Of 18th Century Scotland And Elsewhere" (2019).




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