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FAIRBAIRN'S. Scottish, English; Slow Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Honeyman): AABC (Kerr): AABCCD (Hardie). J. Scott Skinner (1904) and Bill Hardie (1986) identify the melody as English in origin. A note in Skinner's 1904 collection, Harp and Claymore, reads: "the last strain is often used by street players as a part of "Earl Grey"--a practice to be deprecated." The melody is played as a jig by Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, fiddlers.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1986; p. 30. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 37. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 14, No. 1, p. 15. Milne (Middleton’s Selection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. for the Violin), 1870; p. 20. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; pp. 20-21.

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