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X:1 T:Tweeddale Club, The M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey C:Nathaniel Gow B:Gow – 3rd Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels, 3rd ed., pp. 14-15 (orig. 1792) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:C c|G<Ec>G TA>GEc|G<EcE dDDc|1 GEcG A>BcA|GeEc TD2C:|2 GEcG A>Bca|gcfe Td2c||:e/f/|gcg>e cgeg|ada>f Td>ef>a|1 gcge cgeg| (3faf (3ege Td2c:||2 geaf ecBG|A<cE<c TD2C||



Barrel organ by Longman, Clementi & Co. London, c. 1801
TWEEDDALE CLUB, THE. AKA - "Tweedale Club." Scottish (originally), Cape Breton; Strathspey (whole time). C Major (Athole, Glen, Gow, Lowe, Skye): D Major (Kerr). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kerr): AA'BB' (Athole, Glen, Gow, Lowe, Skye). Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) who published it in the 3rd Book of Niel Gow & Sons in 1792. The reel has become very popular among Cape Breton fiddlers and has been often recorded. The first recording of the tune, however, was on a barrel organ c. 1798-1801 made by Longman, Clementi & Co. of London (who were also music publishers) with wood barrels with brass pins[1].



The river Tweed marks the division between England and Scotland and ‘Tweedale’ is the older name for the district now known as Peeblesshire in the Borders.


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Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 227. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music, vol. 2), 1895; p. 18. Gow (3rd Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels), 1792; pp. 14-15. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1); Set 28, No. 5, p. 17. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 1), 1844–1845; p. 16. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 113. Preston & Son (24 Country Dances for the year 1796). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 69.

Recorded sources : - Breton Books and Music, Theresa, Donald and Marie MacLellan – “The MacLellan Trio.” Capitol/EMI Records, “The Rankin Family” (1989). Celtic CX 14, "The Scottish Canadian Fiddle of Dan Joe MacInnis" (c. 1965). DAB4, Donald Angus Beaton – “A Musical Legacy” (1985). Foot Stompin' Records CDFSR1734, Shona Mooney - "Heartsease" (2006). Round Records CDROUN7024, Joe MacLean – “Old Time Scottish Fiddle Music from Cape Breton Island” (1998). Rounder Records 7020, Alex Francis MacKay – “A Lifelong Home” (1997). WMT002, Wendy MacIsaac – “That’s What You Get” (1998?). The Beatons of Mabou - "Abounding in Tradition" (2020).

See also listing at :
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]



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  1. Currently in the collections of Colonial Williamsburg.