Pretty Peg reel

Also known as Bill Clancy’s Delight, Pretty Peggy.

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Pretty Peg appears in 4 other tune collections.

Pretty Peg has been added to 5 tune sets.

Pretty Peg has been added to 189 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Pretty Peg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|{c}d2 (fd) AFDA|{c}d2 (fd) (e/f/g) "tr"(fe)|{c}d2 (fd) AFDF|{F}GE{G}FD CEE:|
A|(F/E/D) (AD) BDAD|(G/F/D) (G/F/D) CEEG|(F/E/D) (AD) BDAD|{F}(GF)ED A,DDA|(F/E/D) (dD) cDBD|AD (G/F/D) (CE)EG|FA{c}df ec{c}dB|BF{F}GE {G}FDD||
# Added by fifer .
2
X: 2
T: Pretty Peg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
defd ADFA|defd e/f/g fe|defd AFDF|G/F/E FD CEA,A|
defd ADFA|defd e/f/g fe|defd AFDF|G/F/E FD CEA,E||
FDAD BDAD|FDAD CEEG|F/E/D AD BDAD|FDAD A,DDE|
FDdD cDBD|ADFD CEEG|FAdf ecdB|AFGE D2 A/B/c||
# Added .
3
X: 3
T: Pretty Peg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
defd ADFA|defa gfec|defd AFDF|1 {G}FE {F}ED CEAc:|2 {G}FE {F}ED CEAG||
FD ~D2 BDAD|FDAD CEAG|FD ~D2 BDAF|{G}FE {F}ED A,DDE|
FDdD cDBD|ADFD CEAG|FAdf ecdB|AFGE FDFA||
4
X: 4
T: Pretty Peg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2fd AFDF|d2fd egfe|d2fd AFDF|1 GEFD EDB,A,:|2 dfeg fd d2||
FDAD BDAD|FDAD CEEG|FDAD BDAD|GEFD A,DDG|
FDAD BDAD|FDAD CEEG|FAdf ecdB|Agfe fd d2||
5
X: 5
T: Pretty Peg
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d2fd AFED|d2fd egfe|d2fd AFDF|GBFA EDCE|
d2 fd AFED|d2fd egfe|(3fga (3gec (3dcB (3ABG|FDED ADD||
A|(3FED AD BDAD|(3FED AD CEEG|(3FED AD BDAD|(3GFE FD A,DDA|
(3FED dD cDBD|AD (3FED CEEG|FAdf ecdB|AFGE FDD||

Eight comments

Pretty Peg

A ‘weel kent’ reel. In addition to the details in the recent related discussion thread, the tune also appears in:
a) The Beauties of Niel Gow 1799 - 1839 Vol 2
b) Robert Petrie’s Collection of Strathspeys, Reels etc Vol 4 1805
c) George Cameron’s Selection of Scottish Violin Music 1854
d) The Athole Collection of the Dance Music of Scotland 1884
etc
The composer and country of origin are unspecified in any of the above but it was a well travelled reel, even in the early 19thC.

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Pretty Peg

Here’s my transcription from Altan’s version on Harvest Storm.

X: 1
T: Pretty Peg
D: Harvest Storm, Altan
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
defd ADFA|defd e/f/g fe|defd AFDF|G/F/E FD CEA,A|
defd ADFA|defd e/f/g fe|defd AFDF|G/F/E FD CEA,E||
FDAD BDAD|FDAD CEEG|F/E/D AD BDAD|FDAD A,DDE|
FDdD cDBD|ADFD CEEG|FAdf ecdB|AFGE D2 A/B/c||

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Origin ?

Thanks, Will - someone was asking about this on "Chiff & Fipple" the other day. I’ll direct them to this, if someone hasn’t done it already.
As for the initial comments, although the composer might be unknown, given the 4 written sources provided, I don’t think there can be much doubt about the country of origin !

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Set

Pretty Peg & Sporting Paddy

Pretty Peg, X:5

It appears again a page later in O’Neill’s under the name Pretty Peggy (#704), this time with the familiar "FDdD cDBD|AD" movement in the B part, and divergent 4th and 7th bars in the A part.

Re: Pretty Peg

In Ryan’s Mammoth Collection it can be found as "Ladies’ Delight", but it’s been known in Scotland under the "Pretty Pegg" title for a while, published in, for example, Gow’s Complete Repository. I would imagine it would have been well known to Sergeant James O’Neill, who had a deep knowledge of Scots music.