Lady Charlotte Campbell’s reel

Also known as Lady Charlotte Campbell.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Cross Of Inverness (a few times) and Miss Ada Crawford (a few times).

Lady Charlotte Campbell's has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Lady Charlotte Campbell's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
F|B3f dBfd|edcB AFcA|B2 bf dBfB|AFec dBB:|
d|f2 (db) g2 (Ee)|c2 (Aa) f2 (Dd)|B2 (Gg) edcB|AFec dBBf|
dBba gfed|cAag fedc|BGgf edcB|AFec dBB||
X: 2
T: Lady Charlotte Campbell's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
F|B3f dBfd|edcB AFcA|B2 bf dBfB|AFec dBB:|
d|f2 (db) g2 (Ee)|c2 (Aa) f2 (Dd)|B2 (Gg) edcB|AFec dBBf|
dBba gfed|cAag fedc|BGgf edcB|AFec dBB||
X: 3
T: Lady Charlotte Campbell's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
(~B3 f) dBfd | edcB AFcA | ~B2 bf dBfB | AFec dBB :|
f2 (d>b) g2 (E>e) | c2 (A>a) f2 (D>d) | B2 (G>g) (e>d)c>B | A<cF<e dBBf |
dB(ba) gfed | cA(ag) (fe)dc | BG(gf) (ed)cB | AFec dBB |]

Eleven comments

Lady Charlotte Campbell’s Reel

Actually it’s in B flat but there is no option for this. Didn’t see this one in. I learned it listening to Alasdair Frasers Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle. I don’t know how to write abc but I think I copied this from Fiddler’s Companion a while ago. I’ll have to find the Strathspey that goes with it.

I’ts just crazy writing this in B minor - it’s not a minor tune. You should have entered the key signature as G minor (or anything else that has two flats) thus:

X: 1
T: Lady Charlotte Campbell’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmin
F|B3f dBfd|edcB AFcA|B2 bf dBfB|AFec dBB:|
d|f2 (db) g2 (Ee)|c2 (Aa) f2 (Dd)|B2 (Gg) edcB|AFec dBBf|
dBba gfed|cAag fedc|BGgf edcB|AFec dBB||

You’ll find this in the Skye collection (as well as many others). It was written by Robert Mackintosh and first appeared in print in his fourth book (of 1803). The strathspey that accompanies the reel is one of my favourites.

I agree with you DonaldK, but I quite like this as B minor, if a very different tune taken that way…

Lady Charlotte Campbell’s Reel

Funnily enough I prefer this to the original, which I find a bit namby pamby

“Lady Charlotte Campbell” ~ Bb Major (Bb & Eb)

"The Athole Collection of the Dance Music of Scotland"
James Stewart Robertson’s 1884 Collection ~ page 116

X: 1
T: Lady Charlotte Campbell
C: Robert Mackintosh
S: "The Athole Collection", page 116
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bb Major
|: F |\
(~B3 f) dBfd | edcB AFcA | ~B2 bf dBfB | AFec dBB :|
d |\
f2 (d>b) g2 (E>e) | c2 (A>a) f2 (D>d) | B2 (G>g) (e>d)c>B | A<cF<e dBBf |
dB(ba) gfed | cA(ag) (fe)dc | BG(gf) (ed)cB | AFec dBB |]

Relative keys ~ Bb Major / G minor (having the same accidentals Bb & Eb)

Oh, I quite agree - this B minor tune sounds funky. I just wouldn’t want a lot of people believing that it was Lady Charlotte Campbell.

We could rename it "Charlotte’s Web"? :-D

Carignan plays a great rendition of that tune.

Carignan plays the Strathspey.

As does Howie Macdonald.