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X:1 T:Reticule, The C:Mr. Robertson M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 3 (1844–1845, p. 14) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F B|(AF)FG (AF)FG|AF (A/B/c/B/) (AF)FB|Acfd cAGF|EFGF ECC:| B|A2 cd (cA)AB |cAdB cAAB|cdcf cAGF|EFGF ECCB| A2 cd (cA)AB|cAfd cAaf|cAfd cAaf|efgf ecc||



Woman with a reticule and dog.
RETICULE, THE. Scottish, Reel (whole time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AAB (Lowe). "The Reticule" is attributed to "Mr. Robertson" in Joseph Lowe's 1844 collection. A reticule was a woman’s drawstring handbag used in the 18th and 19th centuries, often made of net or beading or brocade. Netting reticules and covering screens was a suitable pastime for a young lady of the era, akin to needlepoint.



County Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894) entered an untitled reel in Book 2 of his large c. 1883 music manuscript collection (No. 93, p. 20) that has similarities in contour, particularly noticeable in the first measures.


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Printed sources : - Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 3), 1844–1845; p. 14. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 59.






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