Miss Lyall (2)

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MISS LYALL [2]. AKA and see “Humors of Ennistymon (2),” "Mrs. Grant of Laggan’s Strathspey.” Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel. Canada; Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton. A Minor (Hunter, MacDonald, Martin & Hughes, Stewart-Robertson): A Dorian {’A’ part} & A Mixolydina {’B’ part} (Perlman). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by the 19th century Scottish fiddler, compiler and composer Captain Simon Fraser. The reel version of the strathspey "Miss Lyall (1)," with some nice modal passages in the 'B' part. The two are often paired as a set. Paul de Grae believes this tune is the ancestor of O’Neill’s “Paddy Ryan's Dream (1).”

Sources for notated versions: Angus Cameron (Scotland) [Hunter]; Peter Chaisson, Sr. (b. 1929, Bear River, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 191. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 103. Martin & Hughes (Ho-ro-gheallaidh), 1990; p. 24. Perlman (Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 85. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 42.

Recorded sources: AMI 92 EMI 94, Ashley MacIssac – “Close to the Floor” (1992). Atlantica Music 02 77657 50222 26, Ashley MacIssac – “Atlantic Fiddles” (1994). Green Linnet GLCD 1145, Wolfstone – “Year of the Dog.”

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