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X:1 T:Mill Burn [1], The C:James Fraser M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 2 (1844–1845, p. 4) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A E|A2 cA (GA)Bc|d>FBA GBEG|A2 cA (Bc)df|ecdB A/A/A A:| B|Aaga fedc|dFBA GBEG|Aaga fedc|dfec A/A/A AB| Aaga fedc|dFBA GBEG|AcBd cedf|ecdB A/A/A A||

MILL BURN [1], THE. Scottish, Reel (whole time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Hunter): AABB' (Kerr). The composition is credited to James Fraser in James Hunter's 1988 collection (see also Fraser's "Hurdle Race (The)"). 'Mill burn' is a generic name (Scots for a stream that feeds a mill), that has become a place-name; for example, there is a Millburn (or, in Scottish Gaelic, Allt a Mhuilinn near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The title perhaps references the Millburn distillery, Inverness, that was a producer of single malt Scotch whisky that operated between 1807 and 1985. Its whisky was an important component of the "Mill Burn" vatted malt.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 246. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 82, p. 11. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 2), 1844–1845; p. 4.

Recorded sources : - Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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