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WARLOCK’S STRATHSPEY. AKA – "The Warlock(’s)," "Peter Milne’s Strathspey." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey (whole time). Canada, Cape Breton. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "The Warlock" (i.e. sorcerer) was composed by Scottish dancing master and composer in Brechin, Robert Lowe, and published in his brother Joseph Lowe’s (1797-1866) 1844 collection. It is a companion piece to Joseph's reel "Witches (2) (The)," and both were inspired by Robert Burns' poem "Tam o'Shanter" (see Lowe's "Tam's Grey Mare" for more information).
"The Warlock" was first recorded on a 78 RPM disc by Cape Breton fiddler Bill Lamey (Cranford), and has since become a very popular strathspey among fiddlers on the island (where it occasionally has been recorded as "Peter Milne's Strathspey"). It has been recorded frequently.