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In article <[log in to unmask]>, Tina Carlsen wrote:
> I picked up this tune, John McNeil...from a fiddler at our local
Where's your session?
> Anyone know anything about this tune...
Composed by Peter Milne (1824-1908), a close friend and teacher of James
Scott Skinner ("The Spey In Spate"; "Laird o' Drumblair"; Hector the
Hero"). At one time he made his money playing on the Forth ferry, but the
completion of the Forth Bridge (c1890) deprived him of this livelihood. He
had been addicted to opium for a great number of years, and made a meagre
living teaching violin in his native Aberdeenshire. A tragic life in some
ways, but the great tragedy is that only some 30 of his compositions are
known to us. His best works are "John McNeil's Reel", "The Countess of
Crawford" and "Gillan's Reel" (often called "Gillian's reel" these days).
Apparently John McNeil was a famous Highland dancer at the turn of the
Nigel Gatherer, Edinburgh
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