Annotation:Scotch Blackbird (The)

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X:1 T:Scotch Blackbird, The S:Frazer McGlinn, arranged by Liam Donnelly M:4/4 L:1/8 R:Pipe Reel B:Martin Mulvihill - 1st Collection (1986, No. 55, p. 131) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A e|a2 fa efec|a2 fa ecce|a2 fa efec|(3AAA eA cBBe| a2 fa efec|Aafa ecce|agfe (3fef a2|cAeA cBB|| c|(3AAA cB (3AAA ec|(3AAA cB eccB|(3AAA cB (3AAA ec|(3AAA eA cBBc| (3AAA cB (3AAA ec|Aafa ecce|agfe (3fef a2|cAeA cBB|| c|(3AAA a2 efec|(3AAA a2 eccB|(3AAA a2 efec|(3AAA eA cBBc| (3AAA a2 ebec|Aafa ecce|agfe (3fef a2|cAeA cBB|| c|(3AAA Ac (3AAA Ac|(3AAA Ac (3AAA Ac|(3AAA Ac (3AAA Ac|(3AAA eA cBBc| (3AAA Ac (3AAA Ac|Aada ecce|age (3fef a2|cAeA cBB||

SCOTCH BLACKBIRD, THE. Scottish, Canadian; Pipe Reel (cut time). Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. The reel was christened "Scotch Blackbird" by Bronx fiddler Martin Mulvihill for his collection to differentiate it from the several Irish "Blackbird" air and set dance melodies. It was composed as "The Blackbird" by Scottish piper Dr. Charles Bannatyne and won first prize in the reel composition competition around the year 1910, published soon after in the Cowal Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music (c. 1912). Paul Stewart Cranford notes the reel has been popular with Cape Breton fiddlers.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Frazer McGlinn, arranged by Liam Donnelly (Lisburn, County Antrim) [Mulvihill].

Printed sources : - Cranford (The Cape Breton Highland Collection), 2015; No. 114, p. 61. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 55, p. 131.

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

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