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X:1 T:Invercald's Reel T:Invercauld [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Cumming - Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels (1780, No. 30, p. 10) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Ador B|D/D/D EG TA>GEG|D/D/D (E>G) c3e|dBgB TA>GFG|D/D/D (E>G) A2:| |:(B|c>A)BG TA>GEB|(cBc)d efge|dBgB TA>GEG|D/D/D E>G A2:|]

INVERCAULD [1]. Scottish, Strathspey. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune probably appears first printed in Neil Stewart's 1761 collection (p. 31), according to John Glen (1891). There is a well-known strathspey dance by the name Invercauld's Reel, and the title of both dance and tune remains, despite the fact that the rhythm is a strathspey. John Glen (1891) finds two tunes by the name "Invercauld's Strathspey" first published in one of Edinburgh music publisher Neil Stewart's collections of the later 18th century (c. 1761). The title also appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript, 1734, inscribed "A Collection of the best Highland Reels written by David Young, W.M. & Accomptant". Glen also finds the earliest printing of this tune in Bremner's 1768 2nd collection (p. 107), and it also appears in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cumming (Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels), 1780; No. 30, p. 10. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 63, p. 9. McGlashan (Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780/81; p. 26 (appears as "Invercald's Rant"). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 53.

Recorded sources : - Beltona 78 RPM 2446, Jimmy Shand.

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