Guizer's Reel (Da)

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GUIZER'S/GUISER'S REEL, DA. Shetland, Reel. D Major. ADae tuning (fiddle). AABB. There were different variants played on the West side of Shetland. It was always played when the Guizers [1] came visiting a wedding or houses at Christmas time" (Anderson). The tune has the same features as a Shetland "Muckle Reel," and was "played by Peter Fraser in Walls and by two Papa Stour (Island) fiddlers, Fraser Hughson and John Fraser. It was said to be played at weddings for the dancing of the guisers, the group of univited masked men who paid a brief visit to the wedding dance" (Cooke, 1986).

Source for notated version: "...From a manuscript given to Tom Anderson by the late Pete Fraser (d. 1982).

Printed sources: Anderson (Ringing Strings), 1983; p. 55.

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