What the De'il ails you? (1)

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X:1 T:What the Devil Ails You? [1] M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Slow" B:Oswald – Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 2 (1760, p. 89) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin (ed)|{d}c2A2 eg|a3g (e/d/c)|d2c2d2|e3g cd|{d}c2A2 eg| a3g e2|(ge)(ge)(dc)|d4:||:e2|{d}c2A2A2|A4B2|c3d (e/d/c)| (de)(ge)(de)|{d}c2A2B2|c3d eg|a3g (e/d/c)|d4:| M:C| L:1/8 "Brisk"c>BAg agec|cdef gfed|c>BAg agec|d>efg e2d:| |:e|cBAc E/E/E c2|defd gfed|c>BAc GEce|dagf e2d:|]



WHAT THE DE'IL AILS YOU? [1]. AKA and see "What meikle sorrow ails you?." Scottish, Air or Strathspey; English, Reel. England, Northumberland. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cole): AAB (Gow): AABB (Bremner, Manson, Vickers). John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection, however, the tune was printed earlier in London publisher John Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances, vol. 3 (1740). An even earlier version appears in John Young's 1734 Drummond Castle Manuscript under the title "What meikle sorrow ails you?" Scottish composer James Oswald arranged the tune in 3/4 time setting for the first part and cut-time for the second part.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection [1] (Northumberland) [Seattle].

Printed sources : - Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 67. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 126. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799, p. 22. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854; p. 112. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 2), c. 1780, p. 89. Seattle (Great Northern Tune Book/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 484. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 164. Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances, vol. 3), c. 1740, p. 52.

Recorded sources: - Maggie’s Music MMCD222, Bonnie Rideout – “Scottish Fire” (2000).



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