Annotation:Greig's Strathspey

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X:2 T:Greig's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey Q:"Slow" N:"Very Old" B:Gow - 2nd Collection of Niel Gow's Reels, 3rd ed., p. 20 (orig. 1788) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amin EG TG2 cG TG2|c>GA>G (c/A/).G/.E/ G2|A,A A>B (c/B/).A/.^G/ A2|A,A (A>B) (c/B/)A/^G/ A2| A,c Tc2 eg Tg2|ea Ta>g ec' Tc'2|c'b/a/ Tag/e/ ed/c/ tcd/e/|TA,>B,TC>D T(EA) A2:| |:egTg2 {^f/g/}c'g Tg2| egTg2 {^f/g/}c'g Tg2|ea a>b (a/b/) (c'/b/)a/^g/ a2|AaTa>b (c'/b/)a/^g/ Ta>b| {a/b/}c'>ba>g a>gf>e|Tf>edc (G/E/)G/c/ AB,|TA,>B,TC>D (E/D/)C/D/ TE2|TA,>B,TC>D TEA A2:||

GREIG'S STRATHSPEY. AKA - "Greg's Strathspey." Scottish, Slow Strathspey or (Pastoral) Air (4/4 time). A Minor (Offord, Skye): G Minor (Cranford, Hunter, Skinner). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Offord): AB (Cranford, Hunter, Skinner): AABB (Gow, Skye). "Very old" (Gow, Skye); "Ancient Melody" (Skinner). John Glen (Early Scottish Melodies, 1900) said it was believed this strathspey was the composition of James Greig, a teacher of dancing in Ayrshire (as was "Greig's Pipes"). J. Murdoch Henderson (1902-1972) said the tune was "Nathaniel Gow's favourite ancient melody."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford]; William Irwin music manuscript collection (c. 1850, Lake District, Cumbria) [Offord].

Printed sources : - Joshua Campbell (A Collection of New Reels and Highland Strathspeys &c.), 1789, p. 5 ("Greg's Strathspey"). Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 229, p. 92. Gow (Second Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1788; p. 20 (3rd ed.). Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 48. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 101. John Offord (Bonny Cumberland), 2018; p. 41. Skinner (Harp and Claymore Collection), 1904; p. 16.

Recorded sources : - Olympic 6151, Arthur Robertson - "Scottish Traditional Fiddle Music" (1969). Topic 12TS424, Jock Tamson's Bairns - "The Lasses Fashion" (1982).

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

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