Sandy o'er the Lea (1)

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X:1 T:Sandy o'er the lee [1], or Mr. Baird's favorite Reel M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Gow – Second Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels (1788) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A,|(D>EF)G AFFB|(ATFED) TE3F|(DEFG) AFFB|A(GTFE) D3:| |:g|(f/g/a) e>f defa|.A(TF.E.D) TE3g|1 (f/g/a)ef defa|A(GFE) D3:|2 faef defa|A(GFED) D3|| |:A|FADA FADB|.A(TFED) TE3G|FADA FADB|.A(GFE) D3:| |:g|(f/g/a) ef defa|.A(FTED) TE3g|1 f/g/a ef defa|.A(G”tr”FE) D3:|2 faef defa|.A(TGFE) D3:|



SANDY O'ER THE LEA [1]. AKA – “Mr. Baird's Favorite Reel,” “O’er the Lee," "Sandie o'er the Lea.” English, Scottish, Shetland; Reel (cut time). England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): ABBCC (Vickers): ABCB (Kerr). A lea is a pasture, unplowed grassland, or the first crop of corn after grass. An early printing of the tune appears in Northumbrian musician William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection. The alternate title, “Mr. Baird's Favorite Reel” is given by Gow (1788) alongside the “Sandy” title. The tune is known on Mainland Shetland as "Sandie Ower da Lea".


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection (Northumberland) [Seattle].

Printed sources : - Gow (The Second Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1788 (revised edition); p. 1. Gow (The Beauties of Niel Gow), Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 13, No. 4, p. 9. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 6), 1844-45; p. 6. Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 2; No. 211. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 98 (as "Sandie o'er the Lea"). Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 88.

Recorded sources : - Brian McNamara – “Fort of the Jewels” (learned from the unpublished manuscript, c. 1844-1846, of Thomas ‘Blind’ Kiernan, Drumlish, County Longford. Kiernan was a fiddle master whose students-of-students can be traced to the present day).




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