Lassie Look Before Ye

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X:1 T:Lassie Look Before You C:Mr. Marshall M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 1 (1844–1845, p. 6) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D F2|D3AF3A D3AF3A|E=c3c3G E4 (=C2E2)|D3AF3A D3AF3A|Dd3d3A (G2F2)E2D2:| d3fA3f d3fA3f|=c3de3f g4 (ag).f.e|d3fA3f d3fA3f|d3ef3g a4 (ba).g.f| d3fA3f d3fA3f|=c3de3f g4 (efg2)|a3fg3e f3de3c|d3BA3G (G2F2)E2D2||



LASSIE, LOOK BEFORE YOU/YE.. AKA and see "Look Before You," "Lasses Look Before You," "Miss Agnes Ross’s Reel," "Miss Ross," "Miss Ross’ Strathspey—of Elgin (1)," Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (most versions): AABB' (Athole, Skye). Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer William Marshall (1748-1833), although this was not Marshall's title but rather a variation of the one published by the Gow's. In Marshall's own collection the strathspey appears under the "Miss Ross" title. As "Lasses Look Before You" it is played as a Shetland Reel on the island of Unst.

William Marshall
The reel was also entered into the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.


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Printed sources : - Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 7. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 123 (appears as "Lassies, Look Before You"). Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 11, No. 1, p. 8. J. Kenyon Lees (Balmoral Reel Book), c. 1910; p. 4. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 1), 1844–1845; p. 6. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 39. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 101.

Recorded sources : - Beltona 2103 (78 RPM), Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society (1936). Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean - "Gaelic in the Bow" (2005).




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