The key is D major.
X2 above is from the Skye Collection (1887) and it’s pretty much how it’s given in Gow’s Fifth Collection (1809) - in both it’s attributed to Niel Gow. X:3 above is more like Dr Dow’s pipe version of the tune, but with slight differences, so I thought it may be interesting to compare. It’s from The Piper’s Assistant (1877). I have changed a couple of things:
• the original A part had 8 bars, and the fifth bar was | fA d2 AA d2 |. I have ignored that and given the A part four bars with repeat.
• the 1st bar of the B part is given as | fdad fgaf |. I have followed Dr Dow’s version and changed the f# to a g for aesthetic reasons.
• the original B part has a first and second ending. I have expanded that to eight bars for layout purposes.
You mean "malcombpiper’s" version, shirley?
You’re right, Solidmahog, but don’t call me Shirley! I looked at the first comment and (wrongly) assumed that it was the submitter. Sorry, malcolm (but please, if you submit a tune, write SOMETHING about it).
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