John Roy Stewart strathspey

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X: 1
T: John Roy Stewart
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:c<AA>G F>GA<d|c<FA>F c>[Fc]A<f|c>BA>G F>GA>F|D<dd>c d2d<f:|
c>df>g a>fg<a|f>c d/c/B/A/ f<cc>[Bf]|c>df<g a<fg<a|c>ag<f d2df|
c>df<g a<fg<a|f>c d/c/B/A/ f<c (3cfg|a>fg>ef<de>c A<dd>cd2df|

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John Roy Stewart

This neat little strathspey was composed by Alexander McGlashan and published circa 1780. I transcribed this mainly from the playing of Joe Cormier on the album “Informal Sessions”. Note that Cormier plays the first bar as it is usually played, while the fifth bar, for which most players repeat the first, is in this transcription presumably a variation by Cormier.

The reason I posted this tune should become fairly obvious upon listening to or playing it. The contour and melody should be quite familiar to most Irish musicians. According to the Traditional Tune Archive, Paul Cranford suggests this may be the ancestor of a slew of Irish tunes including “Maude Miller” (major version), “Julia Delaney”, “I Wish I Never Saw You” and several others. Aside from this being a good tune, I thought it might be interesting to have it up here for historical purposes.