Miss Drummond of Perth (1)

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MISS DRUMMOND OF PERTH [1]. AKA - "Miss Drummond of Perth's Strathspey." AKA and see “Calum Crubach,” “Devil in the Kitchen (1),” “Devil Shake the Half-Breed (2),” “Gurren's Castle,” “Highland Fling (2),” "Lame Malcolm," "Miss Sarah Drummond of Perth (1),” “Mountain Reel (4),” “Our Highland Cousins,” "Prince of Wales Jig (The),” "Reel écossais (1)," “Sinking of the Titanic (The),” “Titanic Highland (The),” "Trois corbeaux (Les)," “Yorkshire Bite (1).” Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey. Irish, Highland. Canada; Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton. Ireland, County Donegal. A Minor/Dorian (most versions): A Mixolydian (Martin, Perlman, Plain Brown). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Athole, Cole, Skye, Surenne): AAB (Gow, Jones, Kerr, Lees, Honeyman, Hunter, Lowe, Plain Brown): AABB (Manson): AABB’ (Perlman). The composition was claimed by Niel Gow (1727–1807) and appears in his Third Collection, second edition, 1801. However, it has also been alleged to be the work of Malcolm MacDonald, who published it in 1789 (Collection, vol. 2, p. 1) as "Miss Sarah Drummond of Perth (1)" (Alburger/Emmerson/Glen). There is a direct connection between Gow and MacDonald, for MacDonald was a professional musician from Gow’s home town of Inver, Perthshire, and often accompanied Gow on the cello when the latter played for dances. In County Donegal, Ireland, a derivation of the tune is known in the form of a Highland and is called “Titanic Highland (The)” or “Sinking of the Titanic (The).” See also the cognate Irish reel "Dudley Gallaher's Fancy Reel," and the French-Canadian "Reel écossais (La)" and "Trois corbeaux (Les)." See note for "Miss Sarah Drummond of Perth (1)” for more.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 144. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 125. Doyle (Plain Brown Tune Book), 1997; p. 46 (appears as an untitled strathspey). Gow (3rd Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1792; p. 16. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 23. Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 68. Jones [ed.] (Complete Tutor Violin), c. 1815; p. 2. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 6, No. 1, p. 6. J. Kenyon Lees (Balmoral Reel Book), Glasgow, 1910; p. 11. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 2), 1844; p. 2. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 115. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 1), 1853; p. 31. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 1), 1991; p. 50. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 195. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 164. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 44. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 28–29.

Recorded sources : - Beltona (78 RPM), Will and Ian Powie (1933). CAT-WMR004, Wendy MacIssac – “The ‘Reel’ Thing” (1994). Celestial Entertainment CECS001, Brenda Stubbert (Cape Breton, N.S.) – “In Jig Time” (1995). Culburnie Records CUL 102, Alasdair Fraser & Jody Stecher – “The Driven Bow” (1988). “Melodeon Greats” (1978).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear the tune played on 78 RPM in a 1933 recording by Will and Ian Powrie at the Internet Archive [3] [4] (last tune in medley, preceded by "Marquis of Huntly's Highland Fling (1) (The)" and "Monymusk").



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