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GLADSTONE. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCD. Composed by J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927). According to the University of Aberdeen’s “Music of James Scott Skinner” site, A.A. Gladstone (no relation to the Prime Minister) was an admirer of Skinner who lived in Edinburgh. The melody was originally printed in Skinner’s Monikie Series No. 2, a publication that took its name from the town near Dundee in which Skinner lived until 1909, when his second wife left him. Skinner recorded "Gladstone" in 1910 in London with pianist Ethel Stuart, one of a series of Skinner recordings from that session heard by a young Donegal fiddler John Doherty, and added to his own repertory [1].

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 232.

Recorded sources:

  1. Thomas Caldwell, "Did you hear about the poor old travelling fiddler?’ - The Life and Music of John Doherty", Doctoral Thesis, 2013, pp. 90-91.