Annotation:Pipe Slang (The)

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X:1 T:Pipe Slang, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection (1884) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin e|cA A/A/A ~A2 AB|cde^f gece|fd d/d/d d2 df|eE E/E/E A2A:| c|A/A/A a2 gece|f2ed ecAc|A/A/A a2 gece|fdec A2Ac| A/A/A a2 gece|f2ed ecAc|GEcE GEEc|D/D/D E^G A2A||

PIPE SLANG, THE (Feadan glan a'phiobair). Scottish, Air and Pipe Reel (cut time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Athole, Fraser): AABB' (Kerr). "In the words of the pipe slang, the noisy rattling piper of a country wedding draws a ridiculous comparison betwixt his own music and that of the violin, so frequently interrupted by the breaking of strings, tuning, &c., whereas, he appeals to all the bonny lasses, if his chanter was ever known to fail while they continued dancing" (Fraser). However, in another Gaelic song in Simon Fraser's 1816 collection, "Grant of Sheuglie's Contest/Màiri Nighean Deorsa (1)," the fiddle is the choice, for 'sprightly youth and bonny lasses … all declare that at wedding, dance or ball' the fiddle with its bass in attendance had no competitor—'thy music having the effect of electricity on those who listen to it'.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 49, p. 17. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880’s; No. 56, p. 9. Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository vol. 3), 1885; p. 197. Susan Songer with Clyde Curley (The Portland Collection, vol. 3), 2015; p. 162. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 46.

Recorded sources : - Brechin All Records, Bruce MacGregor and Christine Hanson - "Kissin' is the Best of A'" (2011). Greentrax Recordings, GiveWay - "Inspired" (2005). Laura Risk - "2,000 Miles."

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