Annotation:Inverness Lasses

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X:1 T:Inverness Lasses L:1/8 M:C R:Reel Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion B:Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody (n.d., p. 36) K:G gedc Bc Td2|gedc Bcdb|gedc Bc Td2|cBAG FDFA| gedc Bc Td2|gedc Bcdb|g>feg dgBd|cBAG FDFA|| GFGe dG TB2|GFGe dGBe|GFGe dGB2|cBAG FDFA| GFGe dG B2|GFGe dGBe|gfec' dbBd|cBAG FDFA||

INVERNESS LASSES (Caileagan a'Bhaile Mhor). Scottish, Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Lowe): ABB' (Fraser): AABB (Reiner & Anick): AABB' (Athole). "The editor trusts the young ladies of the northern capital will not spurn at being comprehended in this familiar epithet. His respect for them is no less than if he had paid them the well merited compliment of am author of celebrity, for their beauty and accomplishments. Vide Terraquea, of Modern Geography, by the Reverend J. Gordon, Ireland" (Fraser). The end of the 'A' part features a circle of 5ths chord progression. Paul Stewart Cranford (1995) suggests that Simon Fraser may have composed this particular tune, or at least many more than he claimed in his collection, due to the expectation that the Highland Society of Scotland may have expected a high percentage of 'traditional' pieces for the work to be endorsed. The name Inverness means 'mouth of the river Ness'. Ness was the name of a legendary Irish queen, mother of Conchubar, who is supposed to have ruled in Ulster at the time of Christ (though the river name may be older).

Inverness, Scotland

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Cranford (Jerry Holland's Collection), 1995; No. 154, p. 44. G.H. Davidson (Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody), n.d. (c. 1830's?); p. 36. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 132, p. 53. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 619. Laybourn (Köhlers’ Violin Repository, Book 3), 1885; p. 231. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 3), 1844–1845; p. 16. Reiner & Anick (Old Time Fiddling Across America), 1989; p. 56. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 221.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 7003, John Campbell - "Cape Breton Violin Music" (1975). Jerry Holland - "Crystal Clear" (2000).

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

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