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K2v1-4 = Kerr's First/Second/Third/Fourth Collections of Merry Melodies  (More Info)
K2v5 = Kerr's Caledonian Collection  (More Info)
K2v6 = Kerr's Collection of Merry Melodies for the Piano
K2v7 = Kerr's Collection of Reels and Strathspeys
K2v8 = Kerr's Violin Instructor and Irish Folk-Song Album
K2v9 = Kerr's Thistle Collection
K2v10 = Kerr's Modern Dance Album
DMI = O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland
OMI = O'Neill's Music of Ireland
Ryan's = Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1880s) (republished as Cole's 1000 Fiddle Tunes)


All annotations are by Nigel Gatherer unless otherwise stated.

Last updated: 3rd June, 2002

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Academy Jig, The D K1,30 By J Rule
Alley Crocker D
Bruce Olson: This was a song said to have been written by Larry Grogan after one Ally (Alicia) Croker, and there are single sheet editions from c 1730. Grogan was a gentleman piper of Wexford, Ireland during the early 18th century. Sam Foote for 'An Englishman in Paris', 1753, changed it to Ally Croaker, which was then dubbed 'A New Song'.
American Air I D K2v1p21 American
American Air II D K2v1p21 "Country dance"
American Air III Am K2v1p28 "Country dance"
Arkansas Traveller D
Babes In the Wood A K2v1p22 A version of Timour the Tartar or Peter Street.
Back of the Change House D K2v1p22
Bag of Praties D K2v1p22 Irish?
Bob of Fettercairn, The D K2v1p24 This is played in Shetland under the title Kail and Knockit Coarn.
Boot Dance Am K2v1,29
Bottom of the Punch Bowl D K2v1,26
British Grenadiers D K2v3p42
Calver Lodge D K2v1,29
Captain White D K1,28
Chinese Dance A K2v1,29
Circassian Circle A
Actually titled Carcassian Circle in Kerr's (a mistake). Recordings: Scottish Fiddlers, Kelvin Hall II (1976)
Come Let Us Dance and Sing D K2v1,29
Comin' Thro' the Rye D K2v3p41
Corn Rigs D K2v7p16 Recordings: The Clutha, Scots Ballads... (1974); Ossian, Seal Song (1981); Scottish Fiddlers, Welcome to Edinburgh (1976); Strings of Scotland (1975)
Country Dance I A K2v1p21 One of several vague nomenclatures in the Kerr's collections.
5321 5321
Country Dance II A K2v1p27 156L5L 5L432
Cumberland Reel D K2v1p27
Dashing White Sergeant D K2v1,30 Recordings: Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Prom (1980)
Draw the Sword, Scotland G K2v1p24
Drunken Parson, The G K1,29 Recordings: McNamara Family, Leitrim's Hidden Treasures.
Duncan Gray D K2v3p42
East Neuk of Fife G K2v1p23 Recordings: Various, Scottish Fiddlers to the Fore (1970)
Flowers of Edinburgh G K2v1p23 Recordings: Golden Fiddle Awards (1980); Various, Scottish Fiddlers to the Fore (1970)
For Tonight We'll Merry Merry Be D K2v3p42
Four Posted Bed, The D K2v1p46
Fox and the Grapes, The D K2v3p42
French Air I D K2v1p22 "Country dance"
French Air II D K2v1p22 "Country dance"
French March G K2v1p30
Gaelic Air, A A K2v1,26
Garcon Volange G K1,29
Girl I Left Behind Me, The G K2v3p41
Glenlivet Am K2v1p24
Not to be confused with the Scott Skinner composition of the same name. Recordings: Whistlebinkies 3 (1981)
Glen Ogle D K2v1p24
Good Night and Joy Be Wi' You D K2v1,26
Harmonica, The G K1,29
Haste to the Wedding D K2v1p27 Aka Rural Felicity, Trip to the Dargle and Carrick Fergus. First published in Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion under The Small Pin Cushion. Jack Campin thinks Oswald may have composed it.
Haymakers G K2v1,27
Hey Johnnie Cope Bm K2v3p41 Recordings: Golden Fiddle Awards (1981)
Highland Laddie D K2v1p21
Italian Monfrina G K2v1p27
Jig I A K1,28
Jig II A K1,28
Jig III A K1,28 This is The Soldier's Dance. Recordings: Fiddler's Rally - Mod (1976); Strings of Scotland (1975)
Jig IV G K1,30 By J S Neil
Jig V D K1,30 By J S Neil
John of Paris A K2v1p27
John Peel A K2v3p43
Judy Brallaghan A K2v3p42 Irish. Aka The Green Fields of America
Kate Dalrymple A K2v1p24
There is a song to this tune with the same name. This tune was Jimmy Shand's theme tune, and the theme for Radio Scotland's popular 'Take the Floor' programme. Recordings: Various, Fiddle Me Jig (c1978); Bob Smith's Ideal Band, Better Than An Orchestra (1977); Bob Smith's Ideal Band, Ideal Music (1977); Fiddler's Rally - Mod (1975); Scottish Fiddlers, Welcome to Edinburgh (1976)
Kelvin Grove G K2v3p41 Aka Will Ye Gang to Kelvingrove.
Lancers, The D K2v3p42
Lass o' Gowrie, The D K2v3p42
Lass O' Patie's Mill, The D K2v1p21
Life On the Ocean Wave, A D K2v1p28
Lass of Richmond Hill, The D K2v3p42
Maid of Llangollen D K2v3p41 Welsh
Market Chorus D K2v1p22
Mason's Apron, The A K2v1p23
A very popular tune in Scotland and Ireland, this is most probably Scots in origin. It is found as Miss Carberrys Reel in a MS collection of tunes compiled between 1800-02; in O'Farrell's Pocket Companion (1804-16) as Miss Hope's Favorite - Scotch.
The 19th century fiddler Duncan McKerracher used to put on his own mason's apron before playing this tune as an encore. Recordings: Various, The Caledonian Companion (1975); Fiddlers Three Plus Two (n.d.); Fiddler's Rally - Mod (1976); Dundee Fiddler's Rally (1985); Golden Fiddle Awards Pt.2 (1976)
Meg Merrilees A K2v1p23
Merry Go-Round, The Am K2v1p30
Merry Month of May, The A K1,29
My Heather Hills D K2v1,26
My Love is But a Lassie Yet D K2v1p22 Aka Lady Badinscoth's Reel. Recordings: Ron Gonnella: Scottish Fiddle Magic (1992); Heritage, When the Dancin' It's A' Done (1980)
Negro Melody Bm K2v1p21 "Country dance"
Nut Country Dance, The A K2v1p27 "Country dance"
O Dem Golden Slippers D K2v1,27
O'er the Hills and Far Away D K2v1,26
Off She Goes D K1,29 Recordings: Sprangeen (1984); Scottish Fiddlers, Welcome to the Clans (1977)
Old Bog Hole A K2v2p14 Related to the American tune Turkey In the Straw, the tune of which was known as a song, Old Zip Coon, and before that a tune called Natchez Under the Hill (it's also been called Matches Under the Hill). The earliest printing of Natchez... is 1838, although according to Mark Wilson, the tune had been mentioned twenty years earlier.
Old Grey Cat, The Em K2v1,28 Charles Gore: "The Old Grey Cat was Sean Liath, an Irish Cat. It...wasn't published in the printed music of Scotland until the 1880s, then only as an Irish Reel."
Old Rosin the Beau A K1,29 Or just Rosin the Bow. Recordings: Fiddler's Rally - Mod (1976); Dundee Fiddler's Rally (1985); Strings of Scotland (1975)
Paddy Carey D K1,27
Patronella D K2v1p22 This is the tune commonly known as Petronella - this title is probably a typo.
Pipes Reel, The D K2v1p30
Plough Boy, The D K2v3p42 Aka The Curly Headed Ploughboy, and The Handsome Plowboy (DMI).
Poldwilly Bridge D K2v1p24
By Alexander Walker. In Walker's Collection it's called Polduilly Bridge.
Poor Mary Ann D K2v3p41
Rakes of Mallow G K2v3p41 Irish (although played in Scotland for centuries). It was published early on as The Rakes of Marlow. Recordings: Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, Prom (1980)
Rose Tree, The D K2v1p21 This tune can be found in the Gow collections as The Old Lea Rigg.Recordings: Ron Gonnella: Scottish Fiddle Magic (1992); Heritage, When the Dancin' It's A' Done (1980)
Rustic Reel D K1,29 Joel Shimberg: I've seen this in a number of US tune books, always with the name Rustic Reel. I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a composed piece with that name, made for young students.
Andrew Kuntz: The tune was well-known in Canada and the US under a variety of titles, including City Guards, First Western Change, Jinny O Jinny My Toes Are Sore, Libby Prison Quickstep, Monongahela March, O Dear Mother My Toes Are Sore, Rustic Reel and Virginia Reel. Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) is the earliest appearance in print that I find, however, one version was collected by William Sidney Mount and sent to his dancing master brother, c. 1845.
Sir Roger de Coverley G K1,27
9/8, ?English
Speed the Plough A K2v1p24
Aka The Naval Pillar. Composed around 1800 by John Morehead or Muirhead. Recordings: Various, The Fiddler's Companion (1980); Scottish Fiddlers, Welcome to Edinburgh (1976); Scottish Fiddlers, Kelvin Hall II (1976)
Spider and the Fly, The A K2v3p41
Staten Island D K2v1p21 Jack Campin: Maybe this relates to the one in New York harbour, but there is another Staten Island near Cape Horn that might have been well-known to sailors.
NG: Aka Burns' Hornpipe. Recordings: Fiddler's Rally - Mod (1975); Golden Fiddle Awards (1981)
Swiss Air D K2v3p43
Tank, The A K2v1,29
This Is No My Ain Lassie, O D K2v3p41
Thou Bonnie Wood o' Craigielie G K2v3p41 Aka Thou Bonnie Wood o' Craigielea.
Tink a Tink A K2v1,29
To Ladies' Eyes A K2v3p41
Torry Burn Lasses G K2v1p23
Aka Torryburn Lasses; Torry Burn. Can be found in O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland as Tady's Wattle and Comely Jane Downing.
Trab Trab D K2v3p43
Triumph A K2v1p21
Voulez Vous Danser D K2v1p27 An antecedent of the popular French Canadian tune La Bastringue (?).
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Am K1,28 The tune to a popular American Civil War song.
White Cockade, The G K2v1p23 Recordings: Various, Scottish Fiddlers to the Fore (1970)
Willie Davie A K2v1p24
Willie Was a Wanton Wag D K2v3p42