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NORTH SIDE OF THE GRAMPIONS, THE (Taobh-Tuath Man Garbh - bheann). AKA - "North of the Grampians (The)." AKA and see "Back of the Grampians." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (most versions): AABB' (Kerr). This tune and "John O'Groat's House" "form a medley, so popular on the north side of the Grampians as to rival any now current, being in sterling dance style" (Fraser). The tune is likely written by Capt. Simon Fraser, and was attributed to him in William Morrison's c. 1813 collection and Joseph Lowe's mid-19th century collection. Morrison actually published the strathspey before Fraser himself did, and it seems likely that they knew each other in Inverness (probably including in their circle John Anderson as well).

The Grampian Mountains [1] are the highest mountains of Great Britain, extending northeast to southwest along the southern fringe of the Highlands in central Scotland. Ben Nevis (4,406 ft.) is the tallest peak.

Panorama of the Grampians, 1831.


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Printed sources : - George Cameron (Cameron's Selection of Violin Music), Glasgow, 1859; p. 35. Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 194, pp. 80-81. Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1956; p. 57 (appears as "Back of the Grampian Hills"). Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 69. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 78, p. 11 (appears as "North of the Grampians"). Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 3), 1844–1845; p. 12. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 109 (appears as "North of the Grampians"). William Morrison (Collection of Highland music, consisting of strathspeys, reels, marches, waltzes & slow airs), c. 1813; p. 4. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 130, p. 170. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 55. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 61.

Recorded sources : - Lismore LILP 5044, Ron Gonnella - "Fiddle Gems" (1976).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]



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