Mr. Barnard's Reel

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MR. BARNARD('S REEL). AKA - "Mr. Bernard." Scottish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow): AAB (Athole). Composed by Scottish fiddler, composer, music publisher and bandleader Nathaniel Gow (1763–1831), son of the famous Dunkeld fiddler-composer Niel Gow. The tune was named after an Edinburgh dancing master, Mr. Bernard (as the name is spelled in both the Athole Collection and Lowes Collection). Mr. Bernard is credited in Kerr’s Merry Melodies (vol. 2, p. 13) with the composition “Corn Cutter (1) (The).” The melody has frequently been recorded by Cape Breton fiddlers.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (Cape Breton) [Cape Breton's Magazine] (based on a solo home tape of 1958).

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 81, pp. 132–133. Cape Breton's Magazine, No. 46, 1987; p. 20. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 293. Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 177, p. 67. Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspeys, Reels), 1809; p. 11. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 225.

Recorded sources: Atlantica Music 02 77657 50222 26, Jerry Holland – “Atlantic Fiddles” (1994). Fiddlesticks Music CD1, Jerry Holland – “The Fiddlesticks Collection” (1992). Rounder 7001, Joe Cormier – "The Dances Down Home" (1977).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]




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