Inspired by a video posted by "weejie" on the Buddy McMaster commemoration thread over in discussions, https://thesession.org/discussions/34542 in which; 01:52mins in Buddy plays the "beauties", although it’s talked all over.
A fiddler I dueted with back in the day was fond of playing this, so it was I found myself noodling away at it last night trying to resurrect it from memory and put the ear-worm to bed, had to reach for the dots as I don’t have a recording and the memory isn’t what it once was, so easier to lift the book than turn on the computer. Found the book open at the page this morning and thought I should type it up.
Source then is from Jerry Holland’s tune book and the tune is marked as "Traditional".
NB: 7th bar of the 3rd part the music shows | GFED G2B, | where the 1st 4 notes are grouped and have a "4" over it, so I assume thats 4 notes in the time of 3, I did try it as | (4GFED G2B, | but find the G/F/ED sounds better to my ear, if anyone has a better idea of how to represent that in abc I’d be grateful.
Well done Buddy, many thanks and sleep easy.
Beauties Of The Ballroom
BEAUTIES OF THE BALLROOM. AKA and see "Lads of Leith (1) (The)." Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. A Minor (Cranford/Holland): A Mixolydian/Dorian (Dunlay & Greenberg). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’CC’. Originally a Scottish tune called "The Lads of Leith" set in G Minor in James Oswald’s c. 1747 The Caledonian Pocket Companion, remarks editor Paul Stewart Cranford (1995), who says the A Minor setting was introduced to Cape Breton repertoire by Little Jack MacDonald. Dunlay and Greenberg (1996) find that in modern times the jig appeared in J. Scott Skinner’s Beauties of the Ballroom as the third figure of "Ettrick Vale Quadrille" with no name; on Cape Breton it took its name from Skinner’s volume. The more demanding parts of Skinner’s setting were omitted by Cape Breton fiddlers, but his fourth part became the third part of the island settings, played an octave lower than Skinner’s.