Roy’s Wife strathspey

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Roy's Wife
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|:BzBA BABg | BzBG ABcA | BzBd gaba | (3gfe dB ABcA :|
|:degb agbz | degb ageg | degb agba | (3gfe dB ABcA :|
X: 2
T: Roy's Wife
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 BA BABe | ABBG A2 AB | dBBA G2 g2 | geeg edBA :|
B3 d e2 de | g2 eg edBA | BABd e2 de | gedg BA A2 |
BABd e2 de | g2 eg edBg | agea gedg | edBg edBA |]

Four comments

Roy’s Wife

Another tune from piper Tom Ennis, recorded in 1929 like Dr. Carrol’s hornpipe, this is a fling, derived from a Scottish song, "Roy’s Wife of Aldivalloch." Most of Ennis’s recorded material was familiar enough, but occasionally he would essay something more off-the-beaten-path like this tune, which I haven’t come across played by any other Irish musicians. This tune is sometimes found in the strathspey or fling or Highland Scottische sections of old books, usually in the key of D. https://archive.org/details/TomEnnisRoysWifeFling

In MacKay’s Pipers Assistant as " A’n Caimbealach Dubh" (sic)

Roy’s Wife

A Scottish folk group (Highland Connection with mandolinist Dagger Gordon) sang the song associated with the tune, and played a reel version in the middle of it. I haven’t often heard it played as a reel, but that and yours makes two. I think they played the reel in C, but I’ll transpose it to G for comparison to Tom Ennis’s variant.

Roy’s Wife

"…I think they played the reel in C…" - not C, I meant A.