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X:1 T:Carle’s Rant, The M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:John McLachlan - Piper’s Assistant (1854, No. 10, p. 6) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amix e|AAe>B Tc>BAa|AAe>c d>cBe|AAe>d cAe>B|cAe>c d>c B:| |:e|c<Aag a>Aae|c<Aa>f gBBe|cAa>g aAa>e|f<a e/f/gd>c B:|



PORT A' BHODAICH. AKA and see “Carle's Rant (The).” Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (McLachlan): AABB'CBB' (Kerr): ABCD (Athole, Gow, McGlashan). Port = 'tune' and bhodaich = old man, for 'the old man's tune'. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Alexander 'King' McGlashan's Collection of Strathspey Reels (1780/81).

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - https://tunearch.org/wiki/TTA

Printed sources : - Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 6. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 26, No. 5, p. 16. Laybourn (Köhler’s Violin Repository, Book One), 1881; p. 22. McLachlan (The Piper's Assistant), 1854; No. 10, p. 6 ("Carle's Rant"). McGlashan (Collection of Strathspey Reels), c. 1780/81; p. 28. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 7.

Recorded sources: -ABC Classics 476 8036, Chris Duncan, Catherine Strutt, and Julian Thompson – "The Red House: The Heritage of the Scottish Fiddle" (2006).



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