Reel of Cluny (The)

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X:1 T:Reel of Cluny, The C:Joseph Lowe M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 5 (1859, p. 3) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A E|A2 (c/B/A) aAcA|aAce fBBc|A2 (c/B/A) aAcA|dfec A/A/A A:| g|aece dfec|aece fBBg|aece dfec|dBec A/A/A Ag| aece dfec|aece fBBg|afge fdec|dBec A/A/A A||



REEL OF CLUNY, THE. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by dancing master, musician and composer Joseph Lowe of Marykirk, editor of the mid-19th century Lowe collections. Cluny Castle was built in 1604 in Aberdeenshire in the parish of Cluny by the Gordon family, in whose hands it remains. However, Lowe's "Reel of Cluny" is printed on the same page as his "Mrs. MacPherson of Cluny," and so "Reel of Cluny" probably refers not to the Gordon castle but rather to Cluny MacPherson or "Old Cluny" (as he was known in the Highlands), Ewan MacPherson of Cluny, 20th Chief of the clan.


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Printed sources : - Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880’s; No. 88, p. 11. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1859; p. 3. J. Murray Neil (The Scots Fiddle vol. 1: Tunes, Tales & Traditions of the North-East and Central Highlands), 2012.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 7017, Joseph Cormier - "Informal Sessions" (1996). Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean – “Gaelic in the Bow” (2005).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]



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