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FILE BECK (IS AY READY), THE. Scottish, English; Reel. England, Northumberland. G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. It is one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian dance tune manuscript. Jack Campin explains that 'file beck' is a rendering of the Gaelic philabeg (filibeg), meaning a small kilt. He suspects the title has clan associations.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 77.

Recorded sources:

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