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GLADSTONE'S REEL. AKA - "A.A. Gladstone -- Edinburgh," "Gladstone (The)." Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Skinner): AABAAC (Hunter, Martin & Hughes). Composed by the self-styled 'Strathspey King', J. Scott Skinner (1846–1927). Played as part of the romantically entitled set "Warblings From the Hill's" during Skinner's 1921 concert tours. The composer penned the reel [1] in 1909, entitling it simply "Gladstane" [sic], in honor of a gentleman from Edinburgh who was a Scottish music enthusiast. It was published in a small folio called Monikie Series No. 2, which included only the tunes "Glengrant" and "The Gladstone Reel" (the series was named for Monikie, where Skinner resided until 1909).

Source for notated version: Jean Carignan (Montreal, Canada) [Phillips].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 121. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 232. Martin & Hughes (Ho-ro-gheallaidh), 1990; p. 25. Phillips (Fiddle Case Tunebook: British Isles), 1989; p. 22. Skinner (Monikie Series, No. 2).

Recorded sources: BM-91, Buddy MacMaster – "Glencoe Hall" (appears as "The Gladstone"). Green Linnet GLCD 1137, Altan – "Island Angel" (1993). Philo 2001, "Jean Carignan" (appears as the fourth tune of the "J. Scott Skinner Medley"). RC2000, George Wilson – "The Royal Circus" (2000). Topic 12T280, J. Scott Skinner – "The Strathspey King".

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




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