J.B. Reel (The)

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J. B. REEL, THE. Scottish, Reel. F Sharp Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed in 1932 by Aberdeen fiddler and composer J. Murdoch Henderson (1902-1972), dedicated to James B. Paterson, Headmaster at Bracoden, later Cullen. The tune is sometimes erroneously called "James Byrne's", after it was assumed the Ulster-based group Altan's recording of "J.B.'s" referred to the south-west Donegal fiddler. Byrne, who died in 2009 at age 62, was a pig farmer from the mountainous Irish-speaking region of Glencolmcille.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935.

Recorded sources: Virgin VIR 44559, Altan - "Runaway Sunday" (1997).




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