Loch Earn reel

By Nathaniel Gow

Also known as Jumping Joan.

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Loch Earn has been added to 5 tune sets.

Loch Earn has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Loch Earn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
efge fgaf|gfeg fdd2|efge fgaf|gfed ~g3f|
g2ge dBGB|cABG AGEF|G2BG EGBe|dBAB G3z||
X: 2
T: Loch Earn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2 dB G2 BG|E2 AE FDDF|g2 dB G2 BG|EAFD G2 G:|
g|efge fgba|gfge fddf|efge fgag|fefd g2 Bd|
efge dBgB|ceBd AFED|GABG EGce|dBcA G2 G||

Three comments

Loch Earn (reel)

I learned this Scots reel from a generously long sample clip of Kieran O’Hare and John Skelton’s flute duet playing, which is available on the net. I actually recorded the complete set from a radio programme some months ago, but it seems I deleted it by mistake. Nice to find the clip anyway. A bit of research shows it’s attributed to Neil Gow. A simple yet effective tune!

P.S. I might have posted this as a jig by mistake. Thanks Jeremy for correcting the files.

the tune is actually by Nathaniel Gow (though was early on incorrectly credited to his father, Neil Gow- see the Skye Collection p94) coming from his 2nd collection of 1788. The Loch Earn in question is in Perthshire.

Loch Earn

Certainly claimed by Nathaniel Gow in his “Beauties of Niel Gow” Book 1 (1819), but it may have been one of his “improvements”, as there is another tune called “Jumping Joan” found in Aird’s 4th Collection which was possibly the inspiration:

T:Jumping Joan
S:Aird Vol.4, c1798
Z:Nigel Gatherer
g2 dB G2 BG | E2 AE FDDF | g2 dB G2 BG | EAFD G2 G :|
g | efge fgba | gfge fddf | efge fgag | fefd g2 Bd |
efge dBgB | ceBd AFED | GABG EGce | dBcA G2 G ||