Highway to Colain (The)
X:1 T:Highway to Colain, The M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Slip Jig B:John Riddell of Ayr – Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets &c. B:for the Violin (1782, p. 18) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F c|(A/B/c)A fcB ABc|def T(c2 B/A/) G2c|(A/B/c)A fcB ABc| dba gfe f2:|c|(f>ga) gfe def|(e/f/g)e gec c2e| (f>ga) gfe def|dba gfe f2c|(f>ga) gfe def| (e/f/ge) gec (c2 g/a/)|bge afd gec|dba gfe f2||
HIGHWAY TO COLAIN, THE. Scottish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in John Riddell's 1782 collection (p. 18). Riddell (1718-1795) of Ayrshire, was a music teacher and is believed to have been blind from infancy. He is credited with composing the air of "Jenny's Bawbee" and several well-known dance tunes. Riddell was associated with another Ayrshire fiddler-composer, John McGill (b. 1705), who composed the tune associated with the song "Come Under My Plaidie."