Miss Murray’s Reel (2)

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MISS MURRAY’S REEL [2]. Scottish, Old or Triple Hornpipe (3/2 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody belongs to the tune family that includes "Bob and Joan," "Bob and John," "Bobbing Joan." "Cam Ye O'er Frae France/Come Ye Ower Frae France," "Cellar Door Key" and others. It may also be the "Miss Murrays" reel to which directions for dancing were written down in 1752 by John McGill, dancing master in Girvan, for his students. John Glen (1891) finds two Scottish reels in print by this title; one in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection and one in Joshua Campbell's 1778 collection (p. 30). Paul Cranford finds the first turn reminiscent of the Irish slip jig “Butterfly (3) (The).” The tune also appears in the 1833 music manuscript collection compiled by Lionel Winship [1] of Moat Hill, Wark, Northumberland.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bremner (A Collection of Scots Reels), 1757; p. 11.

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