Mrs. Forbes Leith

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X:1 T:Mrs. Forbes Leith C:J. Scott Skinner M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Skinner – Miller o’ Hirn Collection (1881, No. 115, p. 59) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb {B,C}B,A,B,D FBdc|BABG FDB,D|C=B,CE Gced|cBAG FEDC| B,A,B,D FB dc|BABG FDB,D|EGcd ecgf|f=e_ec Agec|| [D2B2](AB) dBAB|fBgB fBAB|F2 (=EF) AFEF|cFeF dFcF| B2 (AB) dBAB|fBgB fBAB|EGce DFBd|dcBA [D2B2]-[DB]||

MRS. FORBES LEITH. Scottish, Reel (cut time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hardie): AA’BB’ (Perlman). Composed by the great Scottish fiddler, composer and dancing master J. Scott Skinner (1842-1927) in 1868 and published in his collection Thirty New Strathspeys and Reels, a volume dedicated to Mrs Forbes Leith of Whitehaugh House, Aberdeenshire. The family seat was on the river Don, and featured a fine Grecian portico. Skinner also published it in his Miller o’ Hirn Collection (1881). The melody has currency among Cape Breton fiddlers.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Kenny Chaisson (b. c. 1947, Bear River, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island; now resident of Rollo Bay) [Perlman]; Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources : - Bain (50 Fiddle Solos), 1989; p. 44 (appears as "Forbes Leith"). Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 106, p. 44 (appears as "Mrs. Forbes of Leith"). Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 60. Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 114. Skinner (Thirty New Strathspeys and Reels), 1868. Skinner (Miller o' Hirn Collection), 1881; No. 115, p. 59.

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

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