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X:1 T:The Feathers [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Scots Measure B:McGlashan - Collection of Scots Measures (c. 1780) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Bb B>cBG FDFB|d>edc c2B2|b/b/a/a/ g/g/f/f/ e/e/d/d/ c/c/B/B/|A/A/G/G/ F/F/E/E/ DC B,2:| |:d>efd dced|d>efB dced|g>abB g/a/g/a/ bB|d2c2B4:| |:B,/C/D/E/ F/E/D/C/ B,/C/D/E/ F/E/D/C/|B,/C/D/E/ F/G/A/B/ c=E F2|B>cBF eded|f>gfd c2B2:| |:B2dB ec A/B/c/A/|B2de fedc|B2 dB ed A/B/c/A/|Fced d2c2|B2dB ec A/B/c/A/|B2dB ec A/B/c/A/|FBdc c2B2:||

FEATHERS [1], THE. Scottish, Scots Measure (whole time). B Flat Major (McGlashan, Thompson): D Major (Aird). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Published in Aird (Selection, vol. 2) and McGlashan (Scots Measures), cited below. The melody also appears in Charles and Samuel Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 4 (London, 1780) and in Neil Stewart's Selection Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs & Marches (Edinburgh, c. 1788). The tune seems to have been published in English and Scottish volumes at nearly the same time, and provenance is uncertain. A manuscript version appears in American fiddler John Turner's commonplace book (Norwich, Conn., 1788).

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. II), 1785; No. 129, p. 47. McGlashan (A Collection of Scots Measures), 1780?; p. 2. Thompson (Compleat Coll. of 200 Favourite Country Dances Vol. IV]), 1780; No. 75

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