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X:1 T:Green Shades of Gask, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:John Bowie - "A Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances &c." (c. 1789; p. 6) F: Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion V:1 B|GAG BGB|g>ag Tf2e|dgd BgB|aAA A2B| GAG BGB |ga>g Tf2e|dcB Adc|BGG G2:| |:d|gag gfe|aba afd|gfg aga|bee e2f| |1 gag gfe|aba agf|gfe dgd|BGG G2:| |2 gbg ege|ded g2e|dcB Adc|BGG G2|| V:2 clef = bass z|G,,3 G,3|B,3 D2C|B,3G,2G,,|D,D,D, D,2z| G,,3 G,3|B,3 D2C|B,A,G, F,2D,|G,G,G, G2:| |:z|B,,3C,3|C,3D,3|E,3F,3|G,CC C2z| |1B,2B, C3|C2CD2D|EDC B,2A,|G,G,G, G,2:| |2 G,2G, E,2E,|D,2D, G,2C|B,A,G, F,2D,|G,G,G, G,2||

GREEN SHADES OF GASK, THE. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Green Shades of Gask" was composed by Perthshire fiddler-composer biography:John Bowie." The celebrated Jacobite lyricist ("The Laird o' Cockpen") Lady Nairne, Carolina Oliphant (1766-1845) was born and died at the family home in Gask, Scotland in central Perth and Kinross. She was the daughter of Laurence, 7th Laird, and Margaret, daughter of Robertson of Struan. Bowie composed other tunes for members of the extended Oliphant clan as well (see "Mr. Oliphant of Condie's Welcome Home").

Gask was a community that built up around the manor, Gask House, located on a ridge. There was a Roman road along the crest of the ridge that linked signal stations, and the remains of a large Roman camp are situated near Gask House.

Cape Breton fiddlers have played the tune under the title "Green Shades of Gasque," a nod to the intermingled French culture of the island.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - John Bowie (A Collection of Strathspey Reels & Country Dances etc.), 1789; p. 6. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 321, p. 35.

Recorded sources : - "Fiddlers Three Plus Two."

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

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