Mrs. Gunn's Strathspey

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X:1 T:Mrs. Gunn's Strathspey M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey B:John Gow – A Favorite Collection of Slow Airs, B:Strathspeys and Reels (London, c. 1804, p. 18) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin B2|GE3B3G E3FG3E|FD3A3F d3AFD3|GE3B3G E3eG3B|A3c~B3A GE3E3B| GE3BG3 E3FG3E|FD3A3F d3AFD3|GE3B3G e3Bg3e|b3ga3f ge3e2|| ef|(agfe) b3e (gfe^d) e3B|d3fa3f d3DFA3|e3gb3g e3Be3G|A3(c~B3A) G2E2E2ef| (agfe b3)e g3e{^d}e3B|da3df3 Ad3FD3|GE3C3E B,3EA,3c|B3GA3F G2E2E2||



MRS. GUNN'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Fr. John Quinn finds a cognate version in the c. 1880's music manuscript (Book 2, No. 36) of Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim, uilleann piper and fiddler Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) under the title "Miss Gunnon." Fr. Quinn also finds derivatives of the first strain in "Gatehouse Maid (2) (The)" and "Hickey's (2)" AKA "McCann's Reel." Fr. Quinn notes that there was a radio broadcast of fiddler Séamus Connolly who played the tune, giving it the title “The Gossan that Beat his Father," but this title usually goes with another dorian mode tune family.

Some similarities with Rev. Luke Donnellan's "Lady Louth's Reel."


Additional notes



Printed sources : - John Gow (A Favourite Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels), London, c. 1804; p. 18. Edmund Lee (Mrs. Parker's Selection of Scotch Tunes, Strathspeys and Reels), Dublin, n.d.; p. 8 (early 19th century).






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