Shakin’ O’ The Pocky strathspey

Also known as Shakin’s O’ The Pocky, The Shakin’s O’ The Pocky, Shakins O’ The Pocky, The Shakkins O’ The Pocky.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Shakin' O' The Pocky has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Shakin' O' The Pocky
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
D2 C2 B,3D | F3G FD2B, | z3A B2 BA | GA Bc d4 | z4 e3c | d3B c3A | B2 G2 F3D | B3D E2 D2 |
C2 DC B,3D | F3G F2 D2 | B,3A B2 B2 | GA Bc d4 | z4 e3c | d3B c3A | B2 G2 F2 ED |
E2 C2 B,4 | z4 b3f | d3B g2 e2 | c2 a2 b2 g2 | e2 c2 f4 | z2 ga b3f | d3B g2 e2 |
c2 B2 "0 4"[A2A2] "0 4"[AA]B | cf2A B4 | z2 f/g/a b3f | d3B g2 e2 | c2 a2 b2 g2 |
e2 c2 f4 | z2 e2 d3B | e3c dc BA | B4 z2 G2 | F4 zF ED | FE3 zE DC | B,4 z4 |

Four comments

Forgive Me

I transcribed this one from the version on "My Roots Are Showing" by Natalie MacMaster. She plays it as slow air, but it is a strathspey, so that’s how I tagged it, lest the purists attack me for corruption of the Scottish nomenclature. Hunt around the web to hear this tune played as a strathspey…the interpretation is interesting. I’m not sure if I gave the right key when submitting it, but it’s transcribed in B flat major.

Grymater, I believe this tune is a composition of Niel Gow (don’t ask which one) and was intended as a ‘slow strathspey’. Thes are tunes, particularly popular among Scottish fiddle composers in the 18th and 19th centuries, which follow the structure of a strathspey, but are played as listening tunes, never as dance tunes. Although they are written in regular metre, they are usually played heavily ‘rubato’ - i.e. not in strict time - much like an irish slow air.

This is an unusual composition in that it is the result of a collaboration between Peter Milne and his more famous pupil J Scott Skinner. The title is a reference to an occasion when both were so poor they had to club together to buy a dram. Presumably they had two straws.

David is right to suggest that it is a strathspey for listening rather than dancing. The original key is B flat.

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Slow Strathspey

it is definitely a slow strathspey