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IRVINE STEEPLE. AKA and see "Invernyty's Reel," "Lasses of Irvine." Scottish, English; Reel. England, Northumberland. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Stewart-Robertson), AABB' (Cranford). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of this 'double-tonic' tune in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection Scottish Reels or Country Dances, appearing under the title "Irvin Stiple." As "Irvan Steaple," it is one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian dance tune manuscript. Paul Stewart Cranford (1995) remarks that this piece is closely related to another more popular tune, "Lady Muir MacKenzie," composed by William Gow. Alexander "King" McGlashan published the tune under the title "Invernyty's Reel" in his 1780 collection. Joshua Campbell printed a version of "Irvine Steeple" as "Lasses of Irvine," the title by which it was also entered into volume 4 (p. 158) of the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork Church of Ireland cleric and uilleann piper James Goodman (musicologist)."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Bremner (Scots Reels), c. 1757; p. 36. Cranford (Jerry Holland's Collection), 1995; No. 81, p. 24 (appears as "Irving Steeple"). Davie (Davie’s Caledonian Repository), Aberdeen, 1829-30; p. 40. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 126.

Recorded sources : - Fiddlesticks cass., Jerry Holland - "A Session with Jerry Holland" (1990). Green Linnett, Jerry Holland - "The Fiddlesticks Collection" (1995).

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

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