BELLADRUM'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Glen): AABB (Williamson). Belladrum, Gaelic for 'ford-mouth-ridge', is a small town in the region called the Aird near Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Captain Simon Frazer of Knockie composed the tune and included it in his book Thirty Highland Airs and Strathspeys, published in 1816. Williamson (1976) notes: "Nearly all the pieces in the book are his. He published several books and researched and collected a large number of Highland song airs." Similar in many ways to "Mrs. Ramsay of Barnton (2)."
Printed sources: Glen (The Glen Collection of Scottish Dance Music), vol. II, 1895; p. 48. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 65.
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