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X:1 T:Smiling Kattie M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Robert Ross – Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances B:& Strathspeys (Edinburgh, 1780, p. 11) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin E2 T(BA) Bdef|dfBd AFDF|E2 T(BA) Bdef|dBdF E/E/E E2:| (eB) (TB>A/2B/4) eBge|fdad bdad|(eB) (TB>A/2B/4) eBge|dBdF E/E/E E2| (eB) T(B>A/2B/4) eBge|fdad bdad|gbfa egde|BdAF E/E/E E2||



SMILING KATTIE. AKA - "Smilin' Katie." Scottish, Reel (cut time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. John Glen (1891) finds earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Ross's 1780 collection (p. 11). Researchers Fr. John Quinn and Conor Ward find Ross's "Smiling Kattie" to be the ancestral tune to a derivative Irish tune family that includes (but is not limited to) Rev. Luke Donnellan's "Lively Kate," Roche's "Mountain Lark (2) (The)," and O'Neill's "Mountain Lark (3) (The)."


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Printed sources : - William Christie (Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes &c.), Edinburgh, 1820; p. 38. Robert Ross (Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances & Strathspeys), Edinburgh, 1780; p. 11.






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