Mrs. Fraser's Reel--Cullen
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MRS. FRASER'S REEL--CULLEN. AKA - "Mrs. Fraser, Cullen." Scottish, Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Athole, Cranford, Marshall, Skye): AA'B (Honeyman). Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). A Scottish fiddler and composer, Marshall is most famous for his many fine strathspeys. Marshall worked for much of his life for the Duke of Gordon as the Steward of his Household, while the Duke in turn was an enthusiastic supporter of Marshall’s music. Moyra Cowie (The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999) identifies Mrs. Fraser as Catherine Duncan, wifle of John Fraser, the Earl of Seafield’s commissioner.
Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].
Printed sources: Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 112, p. 46. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 25. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 275. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 122. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 7. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 293.
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index .