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GEORGE THE IV (Fourth). AKA and see "King George the IV," "King's Reel." Scottish, Strathspey; Irish, Highland. Ireland, County Donegal. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle) AA'B (Honeyman, Milne): AABC (Kerr). A popular Highland in County Donegal, although it began as a Scottish strathspey called "King George the IV" composed by Captain Daniel Menzies. Donegal fiddler Mickey Doherty (d. 1970) played an influential version on the recording "The Donegal Fiddle." The strathspey is also very popular among Cape Breton fiddlers.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 16. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 8, No. 1, p. 7. Milne (Middleton’s Selection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. for the Violin), 1870; p. 3.

Recorded sources: See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [3]




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