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X:1 T:George the IV M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 5 (1844-45, p. 15) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin A2|EA,3~A,3B, C3B,A,3A|EA,3A,3E B,3A,G,3B,|EA,3A,3B, C3DE3C|B,D3G3E DCB,A, G,2B,2:| c3eA3e ce3 dcBA|c3eA3e dcBA GB3|c3eA3 B3A3^f|g3g ag^fe dcBA G2B2| c3eS3e c3e dcBA|c3eA3e dcBA GB3|ce3B2d2 AB3EA3|G3AGE3 DCB,A, G,2B,2||

George the IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1814.
GEORGE THE IV (Fourth). AKA and see "King George the IV," "King's Reel." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time); 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.

George IV (George Augustus Frederick, 1762-1830) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from the death of his father, King George III, on 29 January 1820 until his own death ten years later.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 16. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 8, No. 1, p. 7. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1844-45; p. 15. Milne (Middleton’s Selection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. for the Violin), 1870; p. 3.

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 [3]

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