Annotation:Fisher's Rant (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Fishers Rant [1], The M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 4 (1844–1845, p. 13) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D2|G3D CB,A,G, B,D3 D4|E3A,F3A, G3A,F3A,|G3D CB,A,G, B,D3D3G|(3E2F2G2 (3A2B2c2 (3B2A2G2 (3F2E2D2| G3D CB,A,G, B,D3 D4|E3A,F3A, G3A,F3A,|G3D CB,A,G, B,D3D3G|E3A GFED G4 G2|| B2|d3BA3G g3dB3G|(3c2e2c2 (3B2d2B2 A3Bc3e|d3BA3G g3dB3G|(3c2e2d2 (3c2B2A2 (3G2D2C2 (3B,2A,2G,2| d3BAG3 g3dBG3|(3c2e2c2 (3B2d2B2 A3Bc3e|(3d2c2B2 (3A2G2F2 (3G2F2E2 (3D2C2B,2|(3C2D2E2 (3D2E2F2 (3G2D2C2 (3B,2A,2G,2||

FISHER'S RANT [1], THE. AKA and see "Drumnagarry." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kerr): AA'B (Athole, Skinner). J. Scott Skinner (1904) attributes the melody to J. Hardy. He notes in his manuscript [1] "The late John Strachan..."Drumnagarrow," is said to have had a hand in this tune." The tune has some currency among Donegal fiddlers. Anne Gilchrist ["Old Fiddlers' Tune Books of the Georgian Period", JEFDSS, vol. 4, No. 1, Dec. 1940, p. 18] noted that, in her experience, the Rant was a name rather loosely applied of various lively dance-tunes, but properly seemed to her to have belonged to a quick 2/4 time melody. However, as "Fisher's Rant" proves, it was not exclusive to fast duple meter tunes.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 4), 1844–1845; p. 13. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 124, p. 15. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 56. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 169.

Recorded sources : - Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [2]
Alan Ng's [3]

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