Peter Bailie's Wife
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PETER BAILIE'S WIFE. AKA and see “Market Town (The).” Scottish, March (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Kerr): AA’BB’ (Perlman). Peter “Pate” Bailie (1774-1841) was a well-known Scottish fiddler who published a collection of original tunes around the year 1825. The term ‘wife’ (or sometimes ‘second wife’) often referred to a fiddler's beloved--his instrument.
Source for notated version: Eddy Arsenault (b. 1921, St. Chrysostom, East Prince County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].
Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 21, p. 49. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 142.
Recorded sources: Solar SAR A-017, Howie MacDonald - "Howie MacDonald and His Cape Breton Fiddle" (1985).
See also listings at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index