The Devil’s Elbow reel

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Devil's Elbow has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Devil's Elbow
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:z| d2 cd Bd A2 | d2 cd BE E2 | d2 cd BdAF | GBAG FD D :|
|:e| fdAF GBeG | FAdf eE E2 | fdAF GBed | cAag fd d :|

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The Devil’s Elbow

I originally learned this tune - composed by James Scott Skinner - from a book (but now I can’t find it!). Over time, parts of the original tune fell away with my playing of it, and the result is this simplified version of it. However, I like it, and there’s a chance you might like it too, so here it is.

The Devil’s Elbow

Thanks, Weejie. As you can see, the version I play has been simplified, but I do remember seeing the full version; I just can’t remember where! I don’t think I have the Cairngorm sheets… a mystery.

I’m assuming that the title refers to that part of the A93 through Gleann Beag twixt Braemar and Blairgowrie. It would have been the original double hairpin bend in Skinner’s day.
Or was it referring to a diabolical fiddler’s bowing arm?

Akin to ‘tennis elbow’, speaking from experience… ;-)