Grey Daylight (1) (The)

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GREY DAYLIGHT, THE (Maidiunagad Liat). AKA - "Gray Day-Licht." AKA and see "Sterling Castle." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kennedy): AA'B (O'Neill/1850): AA'BB' (O'Neill/Krassen). Originally Scottish. A tune by this title appears to be similar to the Scots fiddler-composer William Marshall's "Craigellachie Bridge" (some say Marshall's tune is but a 'remodeling' of the older melody). The Scots version was first published under the "Grey Daylight" title by John Anderson, around 1799, although the melody had previously been published as "Mr. Anderson's Strathspey" by Robert Petrie (Second Collection, 1796). See also the related "Fickle Fortune." Donegal fiddler John Doherty's recording labelled "Grey Daylight" is actually the reel "Spey in Spate (The)."

Source for notated version: McNamara [O'Neill].

Printed sources: Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 59, p. 16. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 127. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1372, p. 256.

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