Miss Jean Shirreff’s Reel

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MISS JEAN SHIRREFF’S REEL. Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody was printed by James Aird in his Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5 (Glasgow, 1797, p. 36). It appears in the music manuscript copybook of John Burks, dated 1821, as “Miss Jane Sherrif’s Reel.” Unfortunately, nothing is known of Burks, although he may have been from the north of England. The melody also appears in the 1840 music manuscript copybook of Cumbrian fiddler John Rook, an identical copy of the melody in Burks’ manuscript

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), 1797; p. 36.

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