Orange and Blue (2)

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ORANGE AND BLUE [2]. AKA and see "Blue Bonnets Hornpipe," "Frolic (The)," "Queen's Marriage (The)." Scottish, Jig. C Major (Gow, Howe, Manson, Skye): D Major (Perlman): A Major (Kerr). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow, Howe, Kerr, MacDonald, Manson): AA'BB' (Perlman). A jig version of the schottische setting in "Orange and Blue (1)" that appears in MacKenzie’s National Dance Music of Scotland and other publications dating to the early 19th century (such as Nathaniel Gow's Complete Repository Part 4 of 1817). Samuel Bayard believed it to be an Orangeman or Protestant tune, associating the title with the colors orange and blue of the flag of the Dutch House of Orange, one of whose princes, William of Orange, became a king of England and champion of the Protestant cause in the 17th century. William, 'King Billy', is variously revered and vilified as the conqueror of Ireland in the 1670's.

Source for notated version: Stephen Toole (1927–1995, Green Road, Queen's County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: G.H. Davidson (Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody), n.d. (possibly c. 1830's); p. 32. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 4), 1817; p. 32. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c.1867; p. 149. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 322, p. 35. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 121. MacKenzie (National Dance Music of Scotland), 1859; book 3, p. 28. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 1), 1844; p. 17. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 134.

Recorded sources: BM 91, Buddy MacMaster – "Glencoe Hall."

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

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