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GRAY BOB. AKA - "Am Bogta liath," "Grey Bob (The)." Scottish, Cape Breton; Pipe Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB, ABCD (Winston Fitzgerald). The tune was published by Glasgow Highland piper, pipe teacher and pipe-maker William Gunn (1795-1867) in his Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes (1848). A 'bob' (or bobee, bawbee) was slang for a shilling piece worth 12 old pennies, however, it had other meanings. In this case "Grey Bob" refers to a grey horse with a docked tail (either cut short or gathered up and tied in a knot), a practice carried out on draught horses to prevent them soiling their tails whilst pulling wagons. Bobbed horses can also be seen sometimes in modern dressage events and in cavalry parades.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 60, p. 26. William Gunn (The Caledonian Repository of Music Adapted for the Bagpipes), Glasgow, 1848; p. 12.

Recorded sources: Green Linnett GLCD 1146, The Tannahill Weavers - "Capernaum" (1994). WS 031703, Wendy MacIsaac – “Timeline” (2003).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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