Miller o' Dervil (The)

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MILLER O' DERVIL. AKA and see "Auld Brig o' Ayr (The)," "Benholm Castle," "Bob Steele," "Johnnie Steele," "New Brig o' Dee (2) (The)." Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A popular reel reworked in several genres by different players, although it is principally associated (as "Johnnie Steele") with and attributed to James Barnett of Kirkwall (1847-1898). It is attributed to Tom Barnett (Orkney) in Skinner's Scottish Violinist (1900) (See note for Johnnie Steele for more). Skinner also printed the reel under the title "Bob Steele."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 54. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 141. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 11.

Recorded sources: Hardie Music Press, James Hardie - "The Fiddler's Companion" (2009). Scots Disc SDL-001, Ron Gonnella - "Scottish Violin Music" (1966).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
See a handwritten manuscript of the tune by Alexander Grant (1856-1942) at Am Baile [2]




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