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X:1 T:Inveraray Castle T:Caisteal Inbher-aora M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey S:Simon Fraser Collection (1816) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F#m CF3 ~F4 C3F AF3|CF3FG3 AB3 c4|CF3 F4 C3F AF3|E3C A,B,3 C3E E3^D| C3F ~F4 C3F AF3|CF3FG3 AB3 c4|CF3 F4 C3F AF3|E3CA,3B, CE3 E4|| cB|A3B ca3 f3cc3B|A3Bc3f c3f f4|A3Bc3f Af3cf3|e3B GE3 GB3 B4| A3B cfc2 AfA2 cfc2|A3Bc3f agf^e f3g|a3cB3A G3FE3D|C3A,E3A, C3E E4||



INVERARY CASTLE (Caisteal Inbher-aora). Scottish, Strathspey. E Minor (Skye): F Sharp Minor (Fraser, Köhler, Lowe, Skinner): G Minor (Davie). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (most versions): AAB (Davie, Lowe). Inverary Castle is the seat of the Dukes of Argyll. In his notes for the tune Captain Simon Fraser states: "Inverary Castle, and Argyllshire in general, is a part of the country the editor has not much frequented; but this air celebrates the splendour of that edifice, and the magnificence, tempered with benevolence and condescension, therein supported by the late Duke." Composition of the melody was attributed to Fraser in Lowe's collections, though Fraser himself never indicated this was so in his writings. Inverary Castle originally dated around 1520, although a 'new castle' was built alongside it by Morris and Mylne, who drew up plans in the early 1700's. It was completed in 1770 and the old castle torn down. It was the 5th Duke, who when Marquis of Lorne, modernized it and completed its decoration. Today it ranks as a spectacular early example of neo-gothic building in Britain. Castle Inverary is said to be haunted by a ghostly harper, the murdered victim of the troops of the Duke of Montrose in pursuit of Campbell enemies. Like the Irish banshee, this dark-tartaned ghost appears most often to women visitors, often in the Blue Room of the castle, and his music sometimes presages the death of one of the Dukes or Argyll or sounds on the occasion of their funerals (Sanger & Kinnaird, Tree of Strings, 1992).

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Printed sources : - J. Davie & Co. (Davies Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 27. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 32, p. 11. Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935. Laybourn (Köhler's Violin Repository, vol. 1), 1881; p. 84. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 6), 1844-45; p. 3. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 75. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 102.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 82161-7032-2, Bill Lamey – "From Cape Breton to Boston and Back: Classic House Sessions of Traditional Cape Breton Music 1956-1977" (2000).

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



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