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X:1 T:Bogta liath, Am T:Grey Bob, The M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:William Gunn - The Caledonian Repository of Music B:Adapted for the Bagpipes (Glasgow, 1848, p. 12) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amix a|cAeA cAAe|g2 dB g2 ea|cAeA cAAe|aece a2 ga| cAeA cAAe|g2 dB g2 ea|c<ccA BGGB|A<Aag a2e|| f|a2 ec aece|g2 dB g2 fg|a2 ec aece|A<Aag a2 ea| c<cag aece|g2 dB g2 ea|c<ccA BGGB|A<Aag a2e|| a|ceAe ceAe|g2 dB g2 ea|ceAe ceAe|aece a2 ga| ceAe ceAe|g2 dB g2 ea|c<ccA BGGB|A<Aag a2e|| f|aece aece|g2 dB g2 fg|aece aece|A<Aag a2 ea| c<cag aeef|g2 dB g2 ea|c<ccA BGGB|A<Aag a2e||

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.

Additional notes
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). Rodeo RO-136 (78 RPM), Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald. WS 031703, Wendy MacIsaac – “Timeline” (2003).

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

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