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X:1 T:Miss Johnson Pitworth C:James Walker (1771-1840), Dysart M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:James Walker - A Second Collection of Reels, Strathspeys, Jigs, &c. (c. 1798, p. 6) N:Dedicated to Lady St Clair Erskine of Sinclair (Fife) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Gmin A|TB2 dB AFFA|B2 dB fBdB|Afcf AFFA|dDAF G2G:| d|Tg2 bg dgbg|Tf2 af cfgf|g2 bg dgbg|^fgaf Tg2 gd| gbdb caBg|Afcf AFFA|GABc dcBg|dDAF G2G||



MISS JOHNSON OF PITWORTH. Scottish, Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Miss Johnson of Pitworth" was composed by James Walker (1771-1840), a musician, fiddler-composer and music teacher of Dysart, Fife, Scotland. Walker dedicated his second collection to Lady St. Clair Erskine of Sinclair (née Harriet Bouverie), and his first collection to her spouse, James St Clair-Erskine, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn (1762-1837), soldier, politician, and slave holder.

Cape Breton fiddler Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald recorded the tune in a set much imitated by Cape Breton musicians ("Miss Hutton's / Braes of Tullimet (The) / Miss Johnson of Pitworth").


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - learned from a recording of famous Cape Breton fiddler Winston Fitzgerald by Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) [Cranford].

Printed sources : - Cranford (Brenda Stubbert’s Collection), 1994; No. 78, p. 28. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 2), 1895; p. 34. James Walker (A Second Collection of Reels, Strathspeys, Jigs, &c.), c. 1797; p. 6.

Recorded sources : - Green Linnet Records, Paddy O'Brien - "Stranger at the Gate" (1988). Odyssey ORCS 1051, Jerry Holland – “Fiddler’s Choice” (1998. Holland cites Fitzgerald as his source). Rounder 7004, Joe Cormier - "The Dances Down Home" (1977).

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



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