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X:1 T:Sgiandubh L:1/8 M:6/8 R:Jig B:The Athole Collection (1884) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Cmin E/G/|C2c c2G|BGB FDB,|C2c c2G|cde d2c| C2c c2G|BGB FDB,|E3 F3|GEC C2:| f|g2(c c)de|dcB fdB|g2(c c)dc|gaf gec| g2(c c)de|dcB fdB|e>fg fed|gec c2f| g2c cde|dcB fdB|g2(c c)dc|gaf gec| gbg fbe|dfb fdB|E>FG D>EF|GEC C2||



SGIAN DUBH (The Black Knife). Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). B Minor (Kerr, Miller): C Minor (Athole). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kerr): AAB (Athole): AA’B (Miller). The sgian dubh (pron: 'skeean do'), or 'black dagger/knife', is the small knife worn in the stocking of a kilted Scotsman. Although quite sharp, it is considered a utensil and therefore is allowed to be worn into another's home when visiting. It is the sharpest object allowed to be worn into the House of Commons, though they were supposedly temporarily confiscated by the United States Secret Service during a White House affair.
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Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880’s; No. 319, p. 35. Miller (Fiddler’s Throne), 2004; No. 8, p. 18 (appears as “The Black Knife”). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 141.

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