Repeal the Poll Tax
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REPEAL THE POLL TAX. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Scottish fiddler Sandy Mathers, a member of a variety of bands who also plays different instruments. It was titled in response to the Margaret Thatcher-era Poll Tax, introduced into Scotland in 1989 and England and Wales a year later, and was a flat-rate per capita Community Charge, a fixed amount levied by local authorities. It was met with widespread and vociferous popular protests and was replaced by John Major in 1992 with a property tax.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Martin & Hughes (Ho-ro-gheallaidh), 1990; p. 18.
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index