Annotation:Pigeon on the Gale

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X:1 T:Pigeon on the Gale M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:Kerr – Merry Melodies, vol. 4, No. 112 (c. 1880’s) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D|:G2G2 GcBA|GABA GEED|(DG)GG (GA)Bd|egdB BAAB:| (dg)de dgd2|(gd)BB ABd2|(gd)ed (ef)ge}(dB)B2 (AB)d2| (dg)de dgd2|(gd)BB ABd2|c2 cA B2 Bd|(eg)dB (dg)d2||

PIGEON ON THE GALE. AKA and see "Peter Kennedy's Fancy," "Pigeon on the Gate (10)." Scottish (?), Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB’. David Taylor (1992) suggests this as the root tune for a family of tunes which includes "Boys of Portaferry (The)," "Sporting Boys (1) (The)," "Pullet (1) (The)," "Shearing the Sheep (1)," and "Red Haired Lass." The title is not to be confused with "Pigeon on the Gate." The word 'gale' can mean either a strong wind or may refer to 'sweet-gale', a type of bog-plant. Francis O'Neill printed the reel as "Peter Kennedy's Fancy."

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Printed sources : - Jarman (Old Time Dance Tunes), 1951. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 4), c. 1880's; No. 112, p. 14.

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