Willie Davie reel

Also known as Waterloo, The Waterloo, Wee Davie, Willy Davie.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Willie Davie has been added to 1 tune set.

Willie Davie has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Willie Davie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e2ef edcd|e2ef efga|e2ef edcd|Bcde f2ef:|
a2ga fece|a2ga f2ef|a2ga fedc|Bcde f2ef|
a2ga fece|a2ga f2ef|agae fedc|Bcde f2ed||
|:c2ca c2ca|c2a2 fedc|c2ca c2ca|1 Bcde f2ed:|2 Bcde f2ef||

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Willie Davie

I was taught this tune by a fiddler https://thesession.org/members/25980 at my local session https://thesession.org/sessions/1311. I searched for the title for a long time but none of my abc searches got me anywhere, even when I searched for different sections of the tune transposed into different keys. Luckily we have Kenny here https://thesession.org/members/726 who told me the name after I e-mailed him. Thanks to his pointers I was able to find out more about the tune from the Fiddler’s Companion. Apparently the tune comes in 2-part, 3-part and 4-part settings. The 2-part one is the 1st two parts of the one submitted here. The 4-part one is the 3 parts I’ve given plus the B-part played again as the 4th part. The 3-part setting appears in Stewart-Robertson’s Athole Collection (1884; pg. 143) under the title “Willie Davie”, and a 4-part setting appears under the same title in Kerr’s Merry Melodies (c1870s; vol. 1; No. 7, pg. 24) (for transcriptions do a search for “Willie Davie” at JC’s tunefinder). Another 2-part setting appears in Honeyman’s Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor (1898; pg. 35) under its alternative title of “Waterloo Reel”. Not that it particularly matters, but I’ve chosen to post this under the Willie Davie title because it’s backed up by more sources which are dated earlier, and also because it has been recorded under that title. I’ve been playing this with “Tail Toddle” https://thesession.org/tunes/1484.

Oh another reason I’d give for submitting under this title is that there seems to be lots of tunes with the title “Waterloo”, including quite a nice D major reel in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection (see JC’s for transcription).

Recorded by Nova Scotia flute-player Chris Norman, who makes a great job of it.

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Kenny, I notice CN has recorded the Margaree on the Flower of Port Williams. Is that the one you mean, or has he recorded this version as well?


2nd reel on track 10 of “The Caledonian Flute” by “The Chris Norman Ensemble”.

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Thanks Kenny.