Wee Todd (1)

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WEE TODD [1]. AKA - "Wee Tot." Scottish, Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. According to John MacPhee, Glasgow, the tune was composed by the late Angus MacAulay, originally from Benbecula, who spent his adult life in Glasgow. The real name of the tune is "Wee Tot", composed in 1956 in honor of his grand-daughter who was about a year old at the time. The name has since become corrupted to "Wee Tod(d)." MacAulay never wrote his tunes down, MacPhee explains, and it might have been lost except that musician Addie Harper heard it being played one night at a dance in Loch Carron. The melody impressed him enough to write it down, and later Harper’s band, the Wick Scottish Dance Band, included it on their tape “By the Peat Fire,” which helped to popularize it. However, on the Wick band album the tune (appearing as “Wee Todd”) is credited to "McLachlin", presumably Iain McLachlan of Benbecula, says Nigel Gatherer.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 4), 1991; p. 48.

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