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X:2 T:Steer the Gil M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Robert Bremner - Collection of Scots Reels, Country Dances (1757, p. 13) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D d2 de (d/c/B/A/) (G/F/E/D/)|d2 df e(gTfe)|d2 de (d/c /B/A/) (G/F/E/D/)|E=C-CE =c2 ce:| |:dD-DB A(FTED)|dD_Df egfa|dD-DB A(FTED)|E=C-CE =c2 ce:|]



STEER THE GILL. AKA and see "Lassintullich." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel. Canada, Cape Breton. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest printing of the tune in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. Steer is Scots for ‘stir,’ while a gill is a unit of liquid measure, "one fourth of a mutchkin, about three quarters of the imperial gill.” Until fairly recently the gill was in use as a unit solely for measuring whiskey, although it has now been supplanted by metric measurements.


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Printed sources : - Bremner (A Collection of Scots Reels), c. 1757; p. 13. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 521. Gow (Complete Repository Part 2), 1802; p. 36. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 5), 1844-45; p. 8. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 65. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 92.

Recorded sources : - Diagram 5, Concerto Caledonia - "Songs of Home and Distant Isles" (2020). Rodeo RLP 59, "Dan R. MacDonald" (c. 1955). " WS 031703, Wendy MacIsaac – “Timeline” (2003).

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



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