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X:1 T:Miss Jessie Smith M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 4 (1844–1845, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D d2|AF3~F3E DA3 GFED|AF3~D3A B4 B2d2|AF3~D3E DA3 GFED|GB3A3F [C4E4][C2E2]:| A2|d4 f3d B3e dcBA|d3efd3 {c}B4 B2c2|d3efd3 B3e dcBA|d3BAF3 [C4E4] [CE]c3| d4 fd Be3 dcBA|d3ef3d {c}B4 B2g2|(3f2e2d2 (3c2d2e2 (3e2c2B2 (3A2B2c2|d3BAF3 [C4E4][CE]||



MISS JESSIE SMITH. AKA and see "Jessie Smith," "Mrs. Smith's Strathspey." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The tune appears in Joseph Lowe’s mid-19th century collection. The tune is a Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, standard among fiddlers and is commonly heard in Scottish sessions as well. Lowe (1797–1847), from Marykirk, was a musician and dancing master, the son of fiddler-composer John Lowe ("Rachel Rae"). However, the strathspey predates Lowe's collection and was printed under the title "Mrs. Smith's Strathspey" in Islay fiddler-composer Alexander Mackay's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys, and Slow Tunes (Glasgow, c. 1822). The tune is unattributed by Mackay, with no hint of its origins.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Joseph (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 4), 1844–1845; p. 8.

Recorded sources : - CAT-WMR004, Wendy MacIssac – “The ‘Reel’ Thing” (1994).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]



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