Niel Gow's Style

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NIEL GOW'S STYLE ("Stoile Neill Ghobha" or "Staoileach Neill Ghobha"). Scottish, Strathspey. B Minor (most versions): E Dorian (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hardie): AAB (Fraser): AA'B (Howe): AABB (Alburger). Composed by Captain Simon Fraser. This tune "is merely Niel Gow's sprightly style imitated by the editor, in which his friends are pleased to say he has made a happy effort" (Fraser). Perhaps not—Collinson (1966) calls the tune a "rather poor parody" of its inspirer. David Baptie (Musical Scotland, 1894) notes that Mr. Troup of Ballater, whom he reckoned an arbiter of Scottish traditional music, listed it among the best of the strathspeys in Fraser’s collection.


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Printed sources : - Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 99, p. 164. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 149, p. 70. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 91. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 594. Shea (Airs and Dances: A Collection of Scottish Strathspeys), 2011; p. 92.

Recorded sources : - Sandy MacIntyre - "The Sandy MacIntyre Collection: Cape Breton Fiddle (Steeped and Served)" (2010). MacGregor, Brechin & O' hEadhra - "Sonas" (2009). Calum Stewart & Heikki Bourgault - "Hunter's Moon" (2013). SMCD9107, Sandy MacIntyre - "Island Treasure vol. 1" (1988).

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



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