Polduilly Bridge

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POLDUILLY BRIDGE. AKA - "Poldwilly Bridge." Scottish, Reel (cut time). A Major (Walker): D Major (Kerr). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Composed by Aberdeenshire fiddler-composer Alexander Walker (1819-190?) of Huntly in Strathbogie, prior to his emigration to America. J. Murdoch Henderson said "Poduilly Bridge" was the only composition of Walker's to have found popularity, however, the Walker collection was circulated in Cape Breton in the mid-20th century and a few other tunes have entered repertoire there (see “George Gordon's Strathspey”). "Polduilly Bridge" is listed as one of the tunes on Theresa Morrison's 2005 CD "Lake Bras d'Or" but it is mislabeled and is actually another Walker composition called "Bridge of Bucket (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 4, p. 24 (appears as "Poldwilly Bridge"). Walker (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Marches, &c.), 1866; No. 8, p. 3.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear a 1960 recording of the tune played by Hector MacAndrew and Alexander Edmonstone at Tobar an Dualchais [1][2] (last tune in set of air, strathspey & reel)




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