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X:1 T:O She's Comical N:"Very Old" M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 4 (1844–1845, p. 2) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A A|e/e/e (e=g) f2 fa|e2 ed cAAc|e/e/e (e=g) f2 fa|B2 (d/c/B/A/) (B=G)GB| e/e/e (e=g) f2 fa|e2 ee cAAc|d2 fd c2 ac|B2 (d/c/B/A/) B=GG|| B|efed c2 Ac|(ef)ed cAAc|efed c2 Ac|B2 (d/c/B/A/) (B=G)GB| efed c2 Ac|(ef)ed cAAc|d2 fd c2 ac|B2 (d/c/B/A/) B=GG||

O SHE'S COMICAL. AKA and see "O but Ye be Merry," "O'Shea's Comical Reel, "Rejected Suitor (The)." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow, Skye): ABB' (Athole, Kerr). A double-tonic reel, "Very old" (Gow, Skye). Older versions go under the title "O but Ye be Merry." W.B. Laybourn, editor of Köhler's Violin Repository, Book One (1881) printed the miss-heard title "O'Shea's Comical Reel." A four-part version of the tune can be found as "Rejected Suitor (The)" (Fear nan Casan Caola, aka "Pige Ruadh (Am)"), which can be found in instrumental and puirt-a-beul settings on Cape Breton.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 404. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; p. 22. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880’s ; No. 6, p. 4. Laybourn (Köhler's Violin Repository, Book One), 1881; p. 84. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 4), 1844–1845; p. 2. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 22. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 8.

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

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