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DUNDEE BURNS CLUB, THE. Scottish, Pipe Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Scots fiddler-composer J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927). There is a Burns statue in Dundee (one of a great many in Scotland), erected in 1880 commissioned from the sculptor Sir John Steell--a smaller version of the same statue he made for New York's Central Park. The Dundee Burns Club was a prime supporter of the statue, and perhaps originated the idea. The club had been founded in 1860 in the aftermath of the 1859 centenary of Burns' birth, although it never had more than fifty members, even in its hey-day in the 1870's. Some sniffed that it had ‘the atmosphere of a working men’s club’, which may have been a factor in the eventual organizing of the Dundee Burns Society in 1896, a more genteel organization that women could participate in. [See Christopher Whatley's paper "Memorialising Burns: Dundee and Montrose Compared", 200?].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 51.

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