Mr. Murray of Pittendreich

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MR. MURRAY (OF PITTENDREICH). Scottish, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Skye): AABB (Perlman). The most celebrated composition by William Martin (1836 1908), a native of East Lothian who was schoolmaster at Inverkeithny in Banffshire before retiring to Edinburgh in 1901. The strathspey is popular among Cape Breton fiddlers and has been recorded often. Perlman (1996) notes that his source, Elmer Robinson, followed the traditional Prince Edward Island musical custom of playing the “high turn” first.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Elmer Robinson (b. c. 1910, Mount Pleasant, West Prince County, Prince Edward Island; now resident of Woodstock) [Perlman].

Printed sources : - MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 29. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 196.

Recorded sources : - Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]


See also listing at :
Hear Angus Chisholm's 1930's recording at the Internet Archive [2] (1st tune in medley with "Ten Pound Fiddle" and "Baker (The)").



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