Reel of Glamis (The)

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REEL OF GLAMIS, THE. AKA and see "Clever Lad (The)," "Hattie Laing." English, Scottish; Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody and country dance directions were published in London by John Walsh in his Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1735) and again in The Compleat Country Dancing-Master. Volume the Sixth (1754). It was also published by rival London publisher John Johnson in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances (1740). "The Reel of Glamis" or "The Clever Lad" a staple of Scottish Country Dancing and has been frequently recorded by 20th century SCD dance bands, however, the tune used to accompany the Scottish dance is "Gin I was a Bonny Lad/Because He was a Bonny Lad." Glamis is the name of a village and nearby castle in Angus, Scotland.

A version of the tune appears in David Young's Drummond Castle Manuscript (1734) as "Hattie Laing."

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Recorded sources: Beltona Bel 6161 (78 RPM), George F. Davie and his Quartette (1939). LEGACY01CD-B, "Adam Rennie and his Scottish Country Dance Quartet vol. 1." Parlophone F3473 (78 RPM), Adam Renie and His S.C.D. Quartet (1953). Parlophone MGEP 8950 (45 RPM), Jimmy Shand And His Band ‎– "Back Hame tae Auchtermuchty" (1965).




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