Gillan’s reel

By Peter Milne

Also known as Gillian’s, The Muir O’ Gellan’s.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Gillan's has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Gillan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 cA B2 dB|c2 ec dBAG|A2 ce fgaf|edcB AGFE|
AEAc BEBd|cAce dcBA|A2 ce fgaf|1 edcB A2 FG:|2 edcB A2 fg||
a2 fa g2 eg|f2 df ecBA|a2 fa gaba|gfe^d e2 fg|
agfa gfeg|fedf ecBA|A2 ce fgaf|1 edcB A2 fg:|2 edcB AGFE||

Five comments


Composed by Peter Milne. The version I’m including here is pretty close to that played by Alasdair Fraser on Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle. I’ve also heard it played single, without repeats.

Gillian’s reel

I think this is called “Gillian’s” reel rather than “Gillan’s”.

Gillan’s Reel

DonaldK, it’s often mistakenly called “Gillian’s Reel”, but it is in fact properly known as “Gillan’s Reel”. Attributed to Peter Milne, an alternative name is “The Muir o’ Gellan’s Reel” - which further suggests it is a Milne composition, for as a boy he lived near, and worked as a herd on, the Muir o’ Gellan (Aberdeenshire, Scotland); this would have been in the 1830s.

Gillan’s Reel

One of my favourites. I can’t remember where I picked it up, but I tend to play 5b as | agfa gfe=g |.

Interesting! I thought Gillan was a surname. Thanks Nigel!