Scotty’s Highland jig

Also known as The Highland.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Scotty's Highland has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Scotty's Highland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB |AEA cAc | ece a3 | g3 f2 d | B3 B2 A |
GEG BGB | dBd g3 | f3 fec | A3 AcB |
AEA cAc | ece a3 | g3 f2 d | f3 f2 g |
aba gfe | fec Ace | fef g2 e | a3 ||
cd^d |e^de fec | e^de fec | e^de g2 f | d3 d2 c |
dcd gfe | dcd gfe | dcd f2 e | c3 c2 d |
e^de fec | e^de fec | Ace ag=g | f3 f2 g |
aba gfe | fec Ace | fef g2 e | a3- a3 ||
|: c'gb a3 | aga e3 | aga c'ae | d3- d3 |
EGB EGB | EGB g3 | f3 fec |[1 A3 Ace :|[2 A3- A |]
2
X: 2
T: Scotty's Highland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB|AEA cAc|ece aba|g3 f2d|B3B2A|
GEG BGB|dBd g3|f3 fec|A3 A/B/cB|
AEA cAc|ece aba|g3 f2d|f3 f2g|
aba gfe|fec Ace|fdf g2e|a3 acd|
e^de fed|e^de fed|e^de g2f|d3 dBc|
dcd gfe|dcd gfe|dcd f2e|c3 c2d|
e^de fed|e^de fec|Ace ae=g|f3 f2g|
aba gfe|fec Ace|fdf g2e|a3 a2a|
c'gb a3|aga e3|aga c'ae|d3 d3|
EGB EGB|EGB eg2|f3 fec|A3 A2a|
c'gb a3|aga e3|aga c'ae|d3 d3|
EGB EGB|EGB eg2|f3 fec|A3 A|]
3
X: 3
T: Scotty's Highland
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA |GDG BGB | dBd g3 | f3 e2 c | A3- A2 G |
FDF AF/G/A | cAc fgf | e3 edB | G3- GBA |
GDG BGB | dBd gag | f3 e2 c | e3- e2 f |
gag fed | edB GB/c/d | e^de f2 =d | g3- g ||
c^c |d^cd edB | d^cd edB | d^cd f2 e | c3- cAB |
cBc fed | cBc fed | cBc e2 d | B3- Bc^c |
d^cd edB | d^cd e2 B | GB/c/d gf=f | e3- e2 f |
gag fed | edB GBd | e^de f2 =d | g3- g ||
|: B/^c/d |bfa g3 | gfg d3 | gfg bgd | c3- c3 |
DFA DFA | DF/G/A f3 | e3 edB | G3- G :|

Seven comments

"Traditional Highland Jig" ~ courtesy of Winston ‘Scotty’ Fitzgerald

This is a rollicking jolly ol’ jig. I hesitated, as I haven’t my printed sources at hand to chase up a proper title for it. It’s one I’m familiar with, but I’ve no title coming to mind either. I’m hoping once it is here on site that maybe dear Kenny or someone else will have something more in the way of identification than merely ‘traditional’ or ‘highland’? I have looked through the few things I have on hand, but so far without luck, not that I don’t sometimes miss the blatantly obvious at times… I will keep looking. I also think I have another transcription somewhere, and maybe that will have a name. This is transcribed from the inspirational fiddling of Winston ‘Scotty’ Fitzgerald, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia… I’ve given it a ‘lead-in’ of ~ cB | so it can all end on |2 A3- A ||, as it would, but Scotty takes off with ~ AEA cAc |… This is a great dance tune, great for the square sets and step dancing…

"Traditional Highland Jig" ~ a Sandy MacLean connection? & G

"Brenda Stubbert’s Collection of Fiddle Tunes"
Edited by Paul Stewart Cranford
Cranford Publications
http://www.cranfordpub.com/
ISBN: 0-9691181-4-7

Page 32: "Highland Jig" ~ another transcription for this

Notes: In the fifties John Donald Cameron was told by Ronald Dan Campbell that the tune was composed by Sandy MacLean and that the original key was G. Apparently Winston had transposed it to ‘A’ and then ‘doctored it up’ by adding chromatics. The original title, if there was one, was never documented…

This tune is familiar, and while I’m not exactly antique yet, or maybe I’m deluding myself, I doubt the previous note. I think this has been around longer and that it rings as if it might be another ‘quickstep’, and I’ve this feeling I’ve seen it in one of the collections from the 1800s, maybe amongst the Kerr publications, or possibly Howe, Ryan / Cole? 😏

Another version:

X: 1
T: The Highland Jig
C: Sandy MacLean
S: When Here Meets There/Track 2/Troy MacGillivray & Shane Cook
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: A
cB|AEA cAc|ece aba|g3 f2d|B3B2A|
GEG BGB|dBd eg2|f3 fec|A3 A/B/cB|
AEA cAc|ece aba|g3 f2d|f3 f2g|
aba gfe|fec Ace|fdf g2e|a3 acd|
e^de fed|e^de fed|e^de g2f|d3 dBc|
dcd gfe|dcd gfe|dcd f2e|c3 c2d|
e^de fed|e^de fec|Ace ae=g|f3 f2g|
aba gfe|fec Ace|fdf g2e|a3 a2a|
c’gb a3|aga e3|aga c’ae|d3 d3|
EGB EGB|EGB eg2|f3 fec|A3 A2a|
c’gb a3|aga e3|aga c’ae|d3 d3|
EGB EGB|EGB eg2|f3 fec|A3 A|]

"The Highland Quickstep" ~ putting a bit more of that into it, and in G…

X: 3
T: Highland Quickstep, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: quickstep
K: GMaj
BA |\
GDG BGB | dBd g3 | f3 e2 c | A3- A2 G |
FDF AF/G/A | cAc fgf | e3 edB | G3- GBA |
GDG BGB | dBd gag | f3 e2 c | e3- e2 f |
gag fed | edB GB/c/d | e^de f2 =d | g3- g ||
c^c |\
d^cd edB | d^cd edB | d^cd f2 e | c3- cAB |
cBc fed | cBc fed | cBc e2 d | B3- Bc^c |
d^cd edB | d^cd e2 B | GB/c/d gf=f | e3- e2 f |
gag fed | edB GBd | e^de f2 =d | g3- g ||
|: B/^c/d |\
bfa g3 | gfg d3 | gfg bgd | c3- c3 |
DFA DFA | DF/G/A f3 | e3 edB | G3- G :|

origin of highland quickstep

Last week while I was busking an individual informed me that the tune (highland quickstep) I was playing was of Swedish origin and was originally a polka