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X:1 T:Foot it Featly M:C L:1/8 C:John Turnbull R:Reel B:Manson – Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1 (1854, p. 113) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin e|a2 AB cde^f|g2 d>c BGGe|a2 AB cde^f|gede cAA:| B|cAeA aAeA|Bgd>c BGGB|cAeA aAeA|Bgd>B cAAB| cAeA aAeA|Bgd>c BGGB|ceAc Bdg^f|gede cAA||

FOOT IT FEATHY. AKA - "Foot it, Featly." AKA and see "Drummond Castle (2)." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian/Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A 'double-tonic' melody composed by John Turnbull (according to James Manson), suitable as a pipe reel (which it is in William Ross's 1869 collection as "Drummond Castle (2)"). "Feathy" is a misprint on the page with the music notation in MacDonald's publication, as the word is spelled "Featly" in the index. Indeed, foot it, featly is a Shakespearean phrase meaning to dance nimbly, as when Ariel sings:

Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands:
Courtsied when you have and kiss'd
The wild waves whist,
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Miss L. Duff Stuart [MacDonald].

Printed sources : - MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1884; p. 30. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 113. John McLachlan (Piper’s Assistant), 1854; No. 61, p. 35.

Recorded sources: -

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