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 Theme code Index    3H4H3H3H 5511
 Also known as    Cross Rig, General Howe, Lasses of Stewarton, Lassies of Stewarton (The)
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Shetland/Orkney
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 History    SCOTLAND(Shetland/Orkney)
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Tom Anderson
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Ringing Strings
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 61
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1983
 Artist    Biography:Tom Anderson & Aly Bain
 Title of recording    Silver Bow (The)
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Philo 2019
 Year recorded    1976
 Score   ()   

CROSS REEL(, DA). AKA and see "Cross Rig," "General Howe," "Lasses of Stewarton/Lassies of Stewarton (The)." Shetland, Reel. D Major/G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCDAA (Brody): AABB (Anderson). According to Cooke (1986) the tune is a cousin to the Scottish tune "Lasses of Stewarton" (Stewartown, Stewingtown) {also the name of a country dance first published c. 1794}, though the Shetland versions are usually asymmetrical and the Scottish not. "One Shetland version is shown in Ex. 12 and it is likely that it is derived from the Scottish tune but that fiddlers and dancers modified it in early days so that it fitted their preference for asymmetrical structures. The tune was danced in Whalsay (the tune is also known on that island as "General Howe") during this century, where I was told that to perform it they had to do a 'double dancing turn' (i.e. dance for twice as long)" (Cooke, 1986).

Source for notated versions: Tom Anderson (Shetland) [Brody], Bobbie Peterson (Tingwall Mainland, Shetland) [Cooke].

Printed sources: Anderson (Ringing Strings), 1983, p. 61. Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 80. Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles), 1986; Ex. 12, p. 62.

Recorded sources: Philo 2019, Tom Anderson and Aly Bain- "The Silver Bow."

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1].

T:Cross Reel
"D"fage f2 f2|"D"ABAF D3 f|"D"gfed "C"=c2 c2|1"C"EDEF "G"G2 e2:|2"C"EDEF "G"G3 A||
"G"B2 BG "D"AFAF|"G"B2 BG "D"A3 A|"G"B2 BG "D"AFAD|"D"EDEF "G"G3 D||
"D"defg afde|"D"fdfg a2 fe|"D"defg afdf|
"C"e=cef g2 ge|"D"defg afde|"D"fdfg a2 ag||

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