The Clydesdale Lasses reel

Also known as Clyde Side Lassies, The Clydesdale Lassies, The Clydeside Lasses, The Clydeside Lassies, Micho Russell’s.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Clydesdale Lasses has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Clydesdale Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FDAD BDAD|FDAD FGAG|FDAD BDAD|1 GFEF GABG:|2 GFEF GABc||
|:defe d2Ad|edef gfef|defe dAFA|1 GFEF GABc:|2 GFEF GABG||

Three comments

This is the Micho Russell’s tune off Teada’s first album transposed into D from a nice growly low A. It’s similar to The Humours Of Westport.

This is popular in Cape Breton and has been recorded by Brenda Stubbert and Sandy MacIntyre, amongst others. In the Scottish tradition it has been recorded by Alisdair Fraser.

X: 1
T: Clydesdale Lasses
D: Stephanie Wills, Tradition Continued, STEPH 1-94
D: Brenda Stubbert, In Jig Time!, Celestial Entertainment 001
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Fmaj
|:B|AFcF dFcF|AFcF ABcB|AFcF dFcF|BAGA Bcd:|
|:e|fgag f2cf|gfga bgeg|fgag fcAc|BAGA Bcd:|

In the old manuscripts it appears like this:

X: 1
T: Clydesdale Lasses
M: C|
L: 1/8
R: Reel
B: Srewart-Robertson - The Athole Collection (1884)
Z: AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K: Fmaj
c|:AFcF dFcF|AFcF ABcB|AFcF dFcA|1 BAGA BcdB:|2 BAGA Bcde||
fgag f2cf|gfga baga|fgag fcAc|BAGA Bcde|
fgag f2cf|gfga baga|fgaf gefc|BAGA BcdB||

On the Teada album it’s in A:

X: 1
T: Micho Russell’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amaj
(3CB,A, EA, FA,ED|CA,EC DFED|(3CB,A, EA, FA,EC|1 DB,~B,2 DFED:|2 DB,~B,2 DEFG||
A2~A2 eAcA|ABBc ~d3B|AGAc BAEC|DCB,C DEFG|
AB~B2 AccA|B3c dBGB|AGAc BAEC|DCB,C DFED||

…which is nice transposed into G:

X: 1
T: Micho Russell’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
(3B,A,G, DG, EG,DC|B,G,DB, CEDC|(3B,A,G, DG, EG,DB,|1 CA,~A,2 CEDC:|2 CA,~A,2 CDEF||
G2~G2 dGBG|GAAB ~c3A|GFGB AGDB,|CB,A,B, CDEF|
GA~A2 GBBG|A3B cAFA|GFGB AGDB,|CB,A,B, CEDC||

…and into D for comparison with my submitted version:

X: 1
T: Micho Russell’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
(3FED AD BDAG|FDAF GBAG|(3FED AD BDAF|1 GE~E2 GBAG:|2 GE~E2 GABc||
d2~d2 adfd|deef ~g3e|dcdf edAF|GFEF GABc|
de~e2 dffd|e3f gece|dcdf edAF|GFEF GBAG||

A nice 2nd time ending in the B-part below:

X: 1
T: Clyde Side Lassies
M: C
L: 1/8
S: White’s Unique Collection (1896), No. 45
S: Ryan/Cole
Z: AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K: Fmaj
AFcF dFcF|AFcF GABG|AFcF cFcF|BAGA BdcB|
AFcF dFcF|AFcA GABG|AFcF dFcF|BAGA (Bc)(de)||
fgag f2(cf)|g^fga baga|=fgag f2(Ac)|BAGA Bcde|
fgag f2(cf)|g^fga bagb|afge fdec|dBcA (BA)GB||[A6f6] z2||

…and a nice strathspey/fling version:

X: 1
T: Clydeside Lassies
R: strathspey/highland
N: originally reel
Z: John Chambers <jc:trillian.mit.edu> 2002-12-06
N: Transcription simplified by Dr. Dow
M: C
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
B|:A<Fc>F d>Fc>F|A<Fc>F A>Bc>B|A<Fc>F d>Fc>A|1 B>AG>A B>cd>B:|2 B>AG>A B>cd>e||
f>ga>g f<cc>f|g>fg>a b>ag<a|f>ga>g f>cA<c|B>AG>A B>cd>e||
f>ga>g f<cc>f|g>fg>a b>ag<a|f>ga>f g>ef<c|B>AG>A B>c d>B|]