Glenbucket's Breeks

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X:1 T:Glenbucket's Breeks M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:Gow - 4th Repository (1817) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C C | E<G ~G>E G/G/G G2 | c>dec d/d/d d2 | E(GG)g egde | (d/B/A/B/) cE C/C/C C :| E | (G/F/E/D/) C>E GEcE | GEce d/d/d d>g | (a/g/f/e/) cg ecgc | f<a g>f c/c/c cg | a>egd ecge | f<a g>f dDDF | E(GG>)g egde | (c/B/A/B/) cE C/C/C C ||

GLENBUCKET'S BREEKS. AKA and see "MacLachlan's Reel." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Angus Cumming's 1780 A Collection of Strathspeys or Old Highland Reels (p. 16) as "MacLachlan's Reel". It later was included in Nathaniel Gow's Complete Repository Part 4 (1817) as "Glenbucket's Breeks" with the note "Supposed to have been Composed when it was rare to see Breeches worn in the Highlands." The reel is old, although Cumming's and Gow's titles seem unique to their collections. Glen notes distinct similarities with Henry Playford's "Cronstoune", printed in 1700, while Fr. John Quinn ties the tune to the cognate "A New Reell", printed in George Skene's Musick Book (No. 301, 1715-1717). See also London music publisher Daniel Wright's cognate version as "Jenny's Whim (3)."

T:A New Reell
B:George Skene music manuscript collection (No. 301, 1715-1717)
EGGc E/F/G cG|cdec d/d/d D2|EGGg e/f/g de|cA GE C/C/C C||
c|GECE GEcE|GF cE/c/ d/d/d d/e/f|gecg acgc|ecge c/c/c cg|
aegd ecge|f/g/a gf/e/ d/d/d d2|E/F/G A/B/ e/f/g de|cGcE C/C/C C2||

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Communicated by Mr. McLeod of Rasay," who gave several tunes to Gow for his collections [Gow].

Printed sources : - Gow (Complete Repository), Part 4, 1817; p. 32.

Recorded sources: -

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