Bernard's Well

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 Theme code Index    3564 3127bL
 Also known as    Shamboe Breeches
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Mixolydian
 Time signature    4/4
 History    
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Neil Stewart
 Book/Manuscript title    Newest and Best Reels or Country Dances (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1761
 Artist    Ferintosh
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BERNARD'S WELL. AKA and see "St. Bernard's Well." Scottish, Reel. G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody was first published by Neil Stewart (or Steuart) in The Newest and Best Reels or Country Dances (1761, pg. 25), according to Glen, and also appears in the Gillespie Manuscript of 1768. Stewart prints the reel again under the title "Shamboe Breeches." Bernard's Well was "an Edinburgh landmark for those who took the waters to improve their health. The value was no doubt more psychological than medical, although the water was said to be 'impregnated with iron and sulpher...and highly diuretic'" (Alburger, 1983).

Printed source: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 35, p. 59.

X:1
T:Bernard's Well
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L:1/8
K:Gmix
c|B(dd)g eccd|BGGB AFFA|B(dd)g eccd|BGAB G/G/G (Gc)|
B(dd)g eccd|BGGB AFFA|B(dd)g egdg|BGAB G/G/G G||
c|BGdG BGdB|AFcF AFcF|BGdG BGdB|AFcA G/G/G (Gc)|
BGdG BGdB|AFcF AFcA|BGdG Bcdg|BGAB G/G/G G||