Left-Handed Fiddler (The)

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LEFT HANDED FIDDLER, THE. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by J. Scott Skinner and named for George Taylor of Aberdeen, whose son (George I. Talyor) also was a left-handed fiddler (who used a normally strung and tuned instrument, and not a left-handed violin). Skinner was familiar with left handed fiddlers, as his father became one after an accident with machinery that left his right hand mangled (for this reason it is sometimes said that he composed it for his father). The minor-mode stathspey by J. Murdoch Henderson, also called "Captain's Pledge (The)", was composed as "George I. Taylor Strathspey," as Henderson admired his interpretation of strathspeys in the minor mode. See also the similar Irish tune "Columba Ward's."

James Scott Skinner



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 240. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 5. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 95.

Recorded sources: Parlophone R.4089 CE 15408 (78 RPM), Sydney Chalmers.

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear Sydney Chalmer's recording at the Internet Archive [3] (Last tune in medley, preceded by "Bonny Ann (1)" and "Glen Grant").




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