Isle of Skye (2)

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X:1 T:Isle of Sky (sic) [2] M:C L:1/8 R:Scottish Measure S:Gow - 2nd Repository (1802) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D dB|A2D2 (GF)ED|A2D2 (GF)ED|B2E2 (EF)GA|B2E2 (EF)GA| A2 GF d2 cB|{B}A2 GF E2 DE|FEDB, (A,B,)DE|F2D2D2:| ag|f2d2 (fg)ag|f2d2 (fg)af|g2e2 (ef)ga|b2e2e2 ag| f2d2 fgag|f2d2 fgag|(fg)ab afeg|f2(d2d2) de| f2 df {f}e2Be|d2Ad B2FA|(BE)(dE) (EF)(GA)|(BE)(dE) E(cde)| f2df e2Be|d2Ad B2FB|A2A,2 (A,B,)DE|{DE}F2D2D2||



ISLE OF SKYE [2]. AKA and see "George Brabazon (2), "Prince's Welcome to the Isle of Sky (The)." Scottish, Scottish Measure. D Major (Carlin, Gow, Howe, O'Farrell): G Major (Hardings). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Carlin, Gow): AABB (Hardings, O'Farrell): AABBCCDD (Howe). "Isle of Skye" is the Scottish name for the Irish planxty called "George Brabazon," composed by the blind harper Turlough O'Carloan (1670-1734). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of a tune by this title in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection (p. 7). O'Farrell (c. 1806), obviously not aware of the O'Carolan connection, lists the tune as "Scotch." Early printings of the melody can be found in the (James) Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768) and in James Aird ('Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Tunes, vol. IV), 1796; p. 60. A different tune by this name appears in Rutherford's Compleat Collection of 200 Country Dances, vol. 2, 1760 (p. 84), and in the Frobisher Manuscript (1793, p. 35).


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Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 76. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 10. Hardings All Round Collection, 1905; No. 91, p. 29. Elias Howe (First Part of the Musician's Companion), 1842; p. 65. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; p. 45. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. II), c. 1806; p. 125.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 7002, Graham Townsend--"Le Violin/The Fiddle."




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