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READY PENNY, THE. Scottish, Strathspey ("Slowish"). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Gow): AA'B (Alburger). Composed by renowned Scottish fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807). 'Ready penny' = money in the hand; to 'catch the ready penny' was to take advantage of an opportunity to make money. A version appears in amateur musician John Hall's (c. 1788-1862) collection called the University MS., where it is credited to Niel Gow. The tune is also credited to Niel Gow in Edinburgh publisher Alexander Robertson's Beauties of Niel Gow, Part 3 (1819).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 91, p. 146. Carlin (Gow Collection), 1986; No. 207. Gow (The First Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1784 (revised 1801); p. 31. Robertson (The Beauties of Niel Gow, Part 3), Edinburgh, 1819;

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