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The Semantic Index of North American, British and Irish
traditional instrumental music with annotation, formerly known as
The Fiddler's Companion.

Featured tune:           MR. LANE MAGGOT

Bewick's Pipe Tunes book

The melody appears in the Northumbrian Bewick's Pipe Tunes as "Oh My Nanny," although "only the first strains correspond in detail" (Seattle). The melody appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster; it is inscribed "A Collection of Country Dances written for the use of his Grace the Duke of Perth by Dav. Young, 1734". Robert Bremner prints a version in his 1757 Collection of Scots Reels, which John Glen (1891), evidently not knowing of Young's MS, thought was the earliest printing. The title also appears in Henry Robson's list (as "Hey, My Nanny, My Nanny") of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800. The tune "Hunt the Fox" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection/Cole's 1000 is very similar. There is some thought "Hey My Nanny" may be the ancestor of "Drops of Brandy (1)." Irish collector Frank Roche's "Up in the Garret I am" is a distanced version, most similar to the version that the Gows published.

PRINTED SOURCES: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), Glasgow, 1797; No. 99 p. 38. Bremner (Scots Reels), c. 1757; p. 46. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 411. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 3), 1806; pp. 24-25 (appears as "Hay my Nanny"). Hime (Forty Eight Original Irish Dances Never Before Printed with Basses), Dublin, 1804; No. 11 (as "Hey me Nancy"). Huntington (William Litten's Tune Book), 1977; p. 32 (appears as "Hey My Nancy"). Kennedy (Fiddler's Tune-Book: Slip Jigs and Waltzes), 1999; No. 28, p. 8. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book V), 1760; p. 8. Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 2; No. 293. Walsh (Caledonian Country Dances), c. 1745; p. 62. Wright (Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances), 1740; p. 55. David Young (Drummond Castle/Duke of Perth Manuscript), 1734; No. 23.


HEY MY NANNY full Score(s) and Annotations and Past Featured Tunes



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Although we are not trained musicologists and make no pretense to the profession, we have tried to apply such professional rigors to this Semantic Abc Web as we have internalized through our own formal and informal education.


This demands the gathering of as much information as possible about folk pieces to attempt to trace tune families, determine origins, influences and patterns of aural/oral transmittal, and to study individual and regional styles of performance.
Many musicians, like ourselves, are simply curious about titles, origins, sources and anecdotes regarding the music they play. Who, for example, can resist the urge to know where the title Blowzabella came from or what it means, or speculating on the motivations for naming a perfectly respectable tune Bloody Oul' Hag, is it Tay Ye Want?
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