Ketty's Scots Measure

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KETTY'S SCOTS MEASURE. AKA - "Kitty's Scots Measure." AKA and see "Madam McKeeny's Scotch-Measure," "My Daddy O." Scottish, Scots Measure or Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was attributed to Scottish musician and music publisher James Oswald in the index of his Caledonian Pocket Companion (London, 1760), but unlike many of his compositions, he did not attribute the tune to himself on the page with the music. It is not generally considered that he made any attempt to claim the melody as his. At any rate, it predated him by sixty years, having been published by Henry Playford in London in his Curious Collection (1700) as "Madam McKeeny's Scotch-Measure" (it is possible that Oswald's "Ketty" is a miss-hearing of "McKeeny"). Still later, again in London, it was published by Irish uilleann piper O'Farrell as "My Daddy O."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 5), 1760; p. 30.

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