There's nae luck aboot the hoose (1)

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X:1 T:There is no luck about the House [1] M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (c. 1804, p. 35) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A f|A/AA (cA) d3f|A/A/A (cA) B3c|A/A/A (cA) defa|edcB A2A:| f|afec d2 df|afec B2 (Bg)|afec defd|edcB A2 (Af)| afec d2 (df)|afec B2 (Bg)|(a/g/f/e/ f)c defd|edcB A2A||



THERE'S NAE LUCK ABOOT THE HOOSE [1]. AKA - "Nae luck aboot the hoose," "There's nae luck aboot hte hoose, there's nae luck ava". AKA and see “Black but Comely,” “Gille Dubh Mo Laochan (An),” “Oíche Nollag,” “Strawberry Blossom (2).” Scottish, English; Reel, Slow Air or Slow Strathspey. England, Northumberland. B Flat Major (Gow): E Flat Major (Hardie); G Major (Sweet): A Major (Kershaw). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hardie): AAB (Gow): AABB (Kershaw, Sweet). Johnson (1984) says this famous tune, known to most Scots, appears to have been newly composed in the 18th century but was based on a imported 16th century Italian chord progression, called passamezzo moderno. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in James Aird's 1782 collection (No. 198). The title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800. See also the Irish “Oíche Nollag” (Christmas Eve). Hardie's source, James F. Dickie, transformed the air into a slow strathspey. An American version appears as "Washday."

An untitled version of the melody is contained in the Joseph Kershaw manuscript. Kershaw was a fiddler who lived in Slackcote, Saddleworth, North West England, in the 19th century, and his manuscript dates from around 1820 onwards. See also the related reel "Janny/Jenny Cameron.”


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - James F. Dickie of New Deer (1886-1983) [Hardie].

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 561. Gow ('Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; p. 4. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1986; p. 43. Knowles (The Joseph Kershaw Manuscript), 1993; No. 16 (appears as “A reel”). Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels), c. 1804, p. 35. Sweet (Fifer’s Delight), 1965/1981; p. 30.






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