New Strathspey (A)

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X:1 % T:New Strathspey, A M:6/8 L:1/8 S:John Rook music manuscript collection (Waverton, Cumbria, 1840, p. 147) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D fe|d2D FED|ABA AGF|GBG FAF|EDE EFA| d2D FED|ABA AGF|GBG FAF|EDE D2:| |:z|Add dcd|dcd ecA|Aee efe|efg fed| ded dcB|ABA AGF|GBG FAF|EDE D2:|

NEW STRATHSPEY, A. English, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears in the 1840 music manuscript collection of multi-instrumentalist John Rook, of Waverton, Cunbria. The tune is in 6/8 time, and calling it a 'strathspey' seems more than a stretch, even if it was comprised of triplets in 4/4 time. The melody was collected in upstate New York as "Miss McLeod's Reel (2)," a similarly misplaced title for a 6/8 tune.

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