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NIEL GOW'S RECOVERY. Scottish, Strathspey. C Major (Kerr): B Flat (Gow, Surenne). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Gow): AABB' (Kerr). Composed by Niel Gow (1727-1807) and published on a sheet c. 1804. The first strain of this tune compares with "This is no my ain house," according to John Glen (1895). The strathspey was first published on a single sheet by Gow and Shepherd in 1804, accompanied by the Earl of Eglinton's "Lady Montgomery's Reel (1)," with the note: "Danced as a medley at the Queen's Assembly in George Street the 18th of January, 1804..."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cranford (The Cape Breton Scottish Collection), p. 27. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 100, p. 13. Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository, Book 3), 1885; p. 260. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 110-111.

Recorded sources: Ron Gonella - "A Triburte to Niel Gow."




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