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The Lowland Reel

Tunes in 'common time' [4/4 & 2/4] which look like reels may not be all they seem when they appear in the Lowland repertoire. This category will look at a number of different types, though one tune may well be playable in different ways; it all comes down to the 'dird'.

Highland Laddie

This is the Tune of the Month for the LBPS and the NSP

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Lowland Amusement - the Tune

It seems appropriate to start with this tune. It was published in the LBPS 'pink book' collection; I have not as yet traced the source for that version, which is more or less what I've based this attempt on. However, it appears in William Gunn's 1848 collection in a version that closely resembles mine:
http://www.ceolsean.net/content/Gunn/Book02/Book02%206.pdf
this version has the alternative title 'Captain Keeler'.
David Glen, however, has a tune in book 4 of his Collection titled 'Captain Keiller', which has 'Lowland Amusement' as the alternative title, and it is slightly different: http://www.ceolsean.net/content/DGlen/Book04/Book04%204.pdf
Glen's version, which I have only just discovered, looks more like a lowland version to me. I base this on the 2nd strain which instead of the repeated notes it has runs of four quavers; I'll try and get a performance of this version uploaded; in the meantime, my current performance is HERE{jcomments on}