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MADAME VANONI. Scottish, Shetlands; Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by J. Scott Skinner, who noted that the French-woman was "A famous Danseuse, & Serio Singer." Tom Anderson (1978) says the tune has been a favorite with Shetland fiddlers for over half a century.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 131. Skinner (The Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 137. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 45.

Recorded sources: Folktrax 069, "The De'il Among the Tailors: Fiddling in North-East Scotland" (rec. 1955). Folktrax 074, John Doherty - "The Pedlar's Pack." Greentrax CDTRAX144, Willie Hunter & Violet Tulloch - "The Willie Hunter Sessions." Topic 12TS379, Aly Bain & Tom Anderson - "Shetland Folk Fiddling, vol. 2" (1978). Topic 12TS422, Boys of the Lough - "Open Road" (1983. Released in U.S. on Flying Fish FF310).

See also listing at:
See Skinner's handwritten music copy at the University of Aberdeen's J. Scott Skinner site [1]
Hear the hornpipe played on fiddle at Tobar an Dualchais [2] [3]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings [4]




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