Skye Air waltz

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Skye Air has been added to 42 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Skye Air
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
CD|:F3 G FG|F2 G2 A2|f2 d2 cd|F3 F GA|
f2 d2 cf|d4 GA|F2 D2 F2|G4 cA|1 G4 CD:|2 G4 df||
|:g2 g2 ga|g2 g2 ga|g2 fd fa|f2 d2 fg|
a4 gf|d4 fd|c2 AG FG|A3 F GA|
f2 d2 cf|d4 GA|F2 D2 F2|G4 cA|1 G4 df:|2 G6||
2
X: 2
T: Skye Air
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
C>D|F3 GFG|F2 G2 A2|f2 d2 cd|F4 G>A|
f2 d2 df|d4 G>A|F2 D2 F2|G4 c>A|G4:|
df|g2 g2 ga|g2 g2 ga|g2 fdfa|f2 d2 f>g|a4 gf|d4 fd|
c2 AGFG|A4 GA|f2 d2 cf|d4 GA|F2 D2 F2|G4 c>A|G4:|
3
X: 3
T: Skye Air
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D>E|G3 AGA|G2 A2 B2|g2 e2 de|G4 A>B|
g2 e2 eg|e4 A>B|G2 E2 G2|A4 d>B|A4:|
eg|a2 a2 ab|a2 a2 ab|a2 gegb|g2 e2 g>a|b4 ag|e4 ge|
d2 BAGA|B4 AB|g2 e2 dg|e4 AB|G2 E2 G2|A4 d>B|A4:|
# Added by JACKB .

Three comments

Skye Air / Unknown Air

Thanks must go to Nigel Gatherer for this one! I first heard it off the Blazin’ Fiddles album “Magnificent Seven”, played by Iain MacFarlane, before I purchased “Affric” by Duncan Chisholm and came across it once more, titled “Unknown Air” in that instance.

I failed to find any information on its source myself, except that it was old! Hence this discussion https://thesession.org/discussions/31609 and Nigel’s excellent answer:

The tune is from the Patrick MacDonald Collection (1784), where it is given no title, but it’s annotated “Skye Air” - like many of the tunes in that collection, which is why there are a few tunes called “Skye Air” or “Skye Dance”.

Setting 2 above comes from Nigel…
T:Skye Air
S:Book, Patrick MacDonald’s Collections (1784; facsimile, 2000)
Z:Nigel Gatherer