Virginia reel (1)
An anonymous Scottish ceili band recorded a set of 4 reels associated to "Virginia reel" (dance).
This is the 1st one and I look for right title.
For each reel the band plays following this structure:
This tune is found in William Campbell’s Tenth Collection of Country Dances from 1795, and John Gow’s 1795 collection, which suggests it was to some degree popular around that time. It was revived in the 1930s by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society chiefly because of Campbell’s dance instruction which came attached to the tune.
S:RSCDS Book 7 (1931)
B | ADFA GBEG | FDAF EB,B,B | ADFA GBEF | FAEG FDDB |
ADFA GBEG | FDAF EB,B,G | FAd=c BGed | cAag fdd ||
f/g/ | afdf gbeg | afed cecA | a/g/f/e/ fd gbeg | faeg fddg |
a/g/f/e/ fd gbeg | fafd cecA | BdAd GdFd | EBA>G FDD |]
I updated the title, but the right region name is "Midlothian".
It might be the way the former county is spelled today, but the tune appears with the spelling Nigel used. I see that John Gow was a contributor to the Campbell publication. This particular tune might have a common source in both books.