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.
it is definitely a slow strathspey
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