The Canongate Twitch reel

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Canongate Twitch has been added to 1 tune set.

The Canongate Twitch has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Canongate Twitch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: Ac ~c2 dcBc | Acea f2 ec | Ac ~c2 dcBc | fB ~B2 fBaB |
Ac ~c2 dcBc | Acea f2 ec | ABcA ~B2 AB | c2 Bd cA A2 :|
|: afda fdaf | e2 ef ecBc | A2 AB ABce | fB ~B2 fBdf |
afda fdaf | e2 ef ecBc | ABcA B2 AB | ceBd cA A2 :|
X: 2
T: The Canongate Twitch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|GABG c2 BA|GBdg e2 dB|GABG A2 Bd|eA A2 eA A2|
X: 3
T: The Canongate Twitch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
(3aaa af ggge | (3aaa af ecAc | (3aaa af ggge | fB ~B2 fB ~B2
(3aaa af ggge | (3aaa af ecAc | ABcA ~B2 AB | c2 Bd cAA |]
# Added by Calum .
X: 4
T: The Canongate Twitch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:Acc/c/c dcBc|Acea e<fec|Acc/c/c dcBc|fBB/B/B aBfB |
ecc/c/c dcBc|Acea e<fec|ABcA B2AB|ceBd cA[1Ac:|2 A2|]
|:aAAa fddf|e2ef ecBc |A/A/AAB Acea|fBBA Bdfa |
aAAa fddf|e2ef ecBc |ABcA B2AB|ceBd cA[1A2:|2 Ac|]

Seven comments

The Canongate Twitch

I picked this tune up years ago from a Tannahill Weavers recording. It’s already listed here as an alternative name for the Green Gates but this is a well known Scottish tune.

Very much related to that old setting of The Lady of the House.

|GABG c2 BA|GBdg e2 dB|GABG A2 Bd|eA A2 eA A2|

Not sure about that Paddy.

Well they’re very similar tunes. They move in the same direction melodically with just a few different takes on similar phrases. If they have completely separate origins, I put it down to a huge coincidence. I will not state that they are definitely related, but I would not be one bit surprised to find out some link between along the way.

This tune was also published in David Glen’s collection of Irish tunes for GHB round the turn of the century as The Woman of the House in the Centre, presumably a translation from the Gaelic. Battlefield Band picked it up on ?Rain Hail & Shine (or something like that), but I think they had it from another Victorian collection. I play the second part something like

(3aaa af ggge | (3aaa af ecAc | (3aaa af ggge | fB ~B2 fB ~B2
(3aaa af ggge | (3aaa af ecAc | ABcA ~B2 AB | c2 Bd cAA |]

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Bean an Ti ar Lar

This is the Irish Gaelic title for the tune I was referring to a few years ago. Indeed, as direct translation into English would be "The Woman of the House in the Centre". So, looks like they are related after all ;-)