Mrs Grace Bowie jig

Mrs Grace Bowie has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Mrs Grace Bowie
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 c E2 c|A2 c E2 c|AGA cBA|G2 B F3|
G2 B F2 A|G2 B F2 G|ABA G2 F|ECD EFG|
A2 E c2 E|A2 E c2 E|AGA cBA|G2 B F3|
G2 B F2 A|G2 B F2 A|GFE c2 B|A3 A3||
ECD E2 A|c2 c c3|c=c^c d2 c|B3 F2 A|
G2 G F2 E|G2 G G3|d2 d c2 B|AGF E3|
ECD E2 A|c2 c c3|c=c^c d2 c|B3 F2 A|
G2 B F2 A|GAB F2 f|gfe dcB|A3 A2|]

Nine comments

Mrs Grace Bowie

I transcribed four jigs from an Adam Rennie 78rpm record I had, this being one of them. The original pitch was B flat, although I don’t know whether that was what they were played in, or whether it came out like that on the recording, or my equipment. Whatever, I transposed them into A major.

I have assumed that all four are Rennie compositions, but I can’t confirm that at the moment. The others are "The Golden Pheasant", "Sir Torquil Monroe" and "Elizabeth Donald", which ceoloachan has submitted.

Adam Rennie was a fiddler from the county of Angus in Scotland, and had at one-time a popular dance band.

It’s interesting how quickly this musician’s style comes across—at least as the few tunes submitted suggest.

One notation suggestion I’d make in this one would be B sharps instead of C naturals, then you can see the shape of the tune at a glance and eliminate one accidental (the return to C sharp). Of course, as a music teacher, I know how confusing B and E sharps and F and C flats can be to people, so I can see the reasons for using the C nats here.

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Interesting comment, you ‘see’ as I do… I love the physical shape of the dots too, like a wave form… Though, like you, I realize and honour convention too…

Mrs Grace Bowie

I have just remembered that "The Golden Pheasant" is an older jig, early 19th century at latest, so not a Rennie composition. In the RSCDS book 16, it is given in B flat, so it’s likely that Renniue did indeed record all of the four jigs in that key.

Adam Rennie Week ~ also attributed

"Elizabeth Donald / Donald’s Jig"
Key signature: G Major ~ & A in ‘Comments’
Submitted on May 6th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7146

"The Silver Wings Polka" ~ Adam Rennie
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 5th 2007 by nicholas.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7144

"Caddam Woods / Wood" ~ attributed to Adam Rennie
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on February 13th 2003 by geoffwright.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1438

Fun tune

I first heard this bouncy tune paired with the Hogmanay on the "Fennigmania" album years ago. I don’t know in what key Bill, George and Toby played it (according to their liner notes, they learned it from a New Victory Band album); but it’s also on JC’s tunefinder in the key of A - as it is here.

Adam Rennie ~ more:

"Bill Sutherland’s March" ~ 4/4
Key signature: D Major
Submitted on May 7th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7151

"The Merry Maids Polka"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 7th 2007 by nigelg.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7155

"Innes Russell Of Perth’s Strathspey"
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 10th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7176

"Reverend Peter Fenton" ~ 4/4
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 10th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7180

"Sir Torquil Monroe" ~ jig
Key signature: A Major
Submitted on May 11th 2007 by nigelg.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7183

"Kinclaven Brig" ~ 4/4
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on May 11th 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7189