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LORD SEAFORTH REEL. AKA - "Thuar u Urrim chosen u a." AKA and see "Highland Plaid." Scottish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A reel version of the strathspey "Lord Seaforth." Both strathspey and reel settings are played on Cape Breton, but the reel version predominates. Michael Newton, writing in his blog "The Origins of the Strathspey: A Rebuttal" [1] believes the correct Scots Gaelic title of Cumming's "Thuar u Urrim chosen u a" should be "Fhuair tu urram a choisinn thu."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cumming (A Collection of Strathspey or Old Highland Reels), 1780; No. 24, p. 8.

Recorded sources: Rounder 7003, John Campbell- "Cape Breton Violin Music" (1976. Appears as "A Mabou Reel"). DAB4-1985, Donald Angus Beaton- "A Musical Legacy" (1985). DMP6-27-1, Doug MacPhee- "Cape Breton Piano III" (1981). PM-14, Paul MacDonald (P.E.I.)- "Celtic Fiddle." Rounder C-7013, Joe Cormier - "Old Time Wedding Reels" (1992).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [2]




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