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WELCOME TO YOUR FEET/FOOT AGAIN. AKA and see: "Bonny Lass wi' the Tocher," "Lady's Fancy (8)," "Mr. Foote's Favourite," "Stay and take the breiks with thee," "Stay and take your breeches wi' ye." Scottish (originally), Canadian; Reel or Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow): AAB (Glen, Kerr): ABB' (Cranford, Honeyman): AABB (Bremner): AA'BB' (Athole). The tune appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript (in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle), 1734, inscribed "A Collection of the best Highland Reels written by David Young, W.M. & Accomptant." John Glen (1891) finds it in Robert Bremner's A Collection of Scots Reel (1757), where it is set as a reel. Nathaniel Gow attributed the strathspey to John Riddle, although it has not been found in Riddle's printed collections. Multi-instrumentalist John Rook, of Waverton, near Wigton, Cumbria, entered a version of the melody in his large 1840 music collection as "Lady's Fancy."

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Bremner (A Collection of Scots Reels), 1757; p. 14 (appears as “Your welcome to your feet again”). Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 114, p. 47. Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Music, vol. 1), 1891; p. 9. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 19. Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 15. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; Set 20, No. 5, p. 13. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 61. Sutherland (Edinburgh Repository of Music, vol. 1), 1818; p. 24.

Recorded sources: Breton Books & Music BOC 1HO, Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald - “Classic Cuts” (originally issued on Celtic Records CX 40). Rounder Records 7005, Carl MacKenzie - “Welcome to Your Feet Again” (1976). Rounder Records, Alex Francis MacKay - "A Lifelong Home" (1997). WMT002, Wendy MacIsaac – “That’s What You Get” (1998?).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]




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