X:1 T:Johnny Galbraith M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 3 (1844–1845, p. 10) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C G,2|CC3~E3G c3GAc3|GE3 ce3 fedc de3|CC3~E3G c3GAc3|fedc AcGE G2c2c2:| |:e2|g3ecG3 AA3 a2|g3c'e3g ce3 G4|g3ecG3 AA3 a4|(ag)fe (fe)dc Gc3c3e:| |:C3GE3c Gg3ec3|D3AF3A D3fdB3|C3GE3c Gg3ec3|(fe)dc (Ac)GE Gc3ce3:| C3ge3c (3G2c2e2 (3g2e2c2|D3fd3B (3G2B2d2 (3f2d2B2|C3ge3c (3G2B2e2 (3g2e2c2|(fe)c (Ac)GE Gc3ce3| C3ge3c (3G2c2e2 (3g2e2c2|C3ge3c (3G2c2e2 (3g2e2c2|D3fd3B (3G2B2d2 (3f2d2B2|C3ge3c (3G2c2e2 (3g2e2c2|(3g2e2c2 (3f2d2B2 (3e2c2A2 (3d2B2G2||
JOHNNY GALBRAITH. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCD (Lowe): AABBCCDD'. Of note is the opening leap in the third strain between low 'C' and high 'g', necessitating the difficult-to-execute crossing of four strings on the violin. Jack Campin  finds an earlier version of the tune under the title of "Willie Galbreath" in a flute manuscript of c. 1825, now in the National Library of Scotland (MS.21733). It is set in the key of 'G' which puts significant portions of it in the upper register (necessitating difficult position changes for fiddlers, hence MacDonald's transposing it to 'C').