Cadgers Reels music

Anselm Lingnau

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XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx writes:

> Marjorie mentions Cadgers being a great dance with a great tune. The tune
> that everyone dances is actually not the tune suggested by the SCDS when they
> published the dance. That tune is an easily forgettable one. Nowadays
> everyone associates Cadgers with Big John MacNeil (as it is called in this
> world) aka John MacNeil (as it was called in Scotland before it emigrated).

The SCDS indeed published the tune John McNeil for Cadgers, but as the
second tune (this was back when they would print two tunes with most
dances rather than just one). So this is not a very far-fetched choice.

The other day at Summer School, Muriel Johnstone in her music talk
mentioned that some bands seem to go for the original tune these days,
rather than John M. While this is certainly justifiable from a purist's
point of view, I personally happen to like the John McNeil tune a lot
more for the dance than the other one, and I, like Sylvia, think that
that tune is the one people expect to hear these days. The situation is
similar to that of `The Montgomeries' Rant', where also the second
published tune is a much better fit to the dance than the first, and is
the one commonly associated with the dance today.

Anselm
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