Gaberlunzie (The)

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GABERLUNZIE(-MAN), THE. Scottish, Reel. D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. There are 3/4 and 4/4 versions. A gaberlunzie was a beggar licensed to operate within the bounds of a particular parish, and could be identified by their custom of wearing a blue gown as well as a small stamp made of lead. It has long been suggested that King James V of Scotland composed the air, albeit without firm evidence. The second strain resembles the first of "Johnny Cope" and the second of "Tennessee Wagoner." Bayard (1981, Dance to the Fiddle, p. 138) identifies the tune-section as "amounting to a floating formulaic passage" used to construct composite tunes when combined with strains from other tunes.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 170, p. 20.

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