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KILRACK'S REEL. AKA and see "Kelvarock." AKA - "Killravock's," "Kilravock's Reel (1)." Scottish, Strathspey. A Major (McGlashan): G Major (Cranford/Holland). Standard or AEae tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Alexander McGlashan's 1780 collection and Angus Cumming's 1778 collection (p. 17). It is traditionally played in scordatura tuning, AEae. The title is a variation of Kilravock, pronounced 'kill-rake', a name that derives from the Gaelic prefix kil, meaning a church, coupled with an individual's name. Kilravock Castle (pronounced 'kill-rake') dates from the 15th century and lies near Inverness and Nairn in the Scottish Highlands, not far from Cawdor Castle. It was for 25 generations the seat of the Rose clan. Sir Hugh Rose entertained Bonnie Prince Charlie at the castle with a violin rendition of an Italian minuet during the Rising of 1745.
Source for notated version: Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 194, p. 73. Gow, First Collection of Strathspey Reels. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 121. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 28. McGlashan (Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780/81; p. 16.
Recorded sources: Rounder 82161-7032-2, Bill Lamey - "From Cape Breton to Boston and Back: Classic House Sessions of Traditional Cape Breton Music 1956-1977" (2000). Jerry Holland - "Crystal Clear" (2000).
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index