This is a scan of
a reel from John Anderson's 2nd Collection, 1793. It has
the feel of a pipe tune but adds twists and modality that
likely originated on the fiddle.
Many theorize that
during the 18th and 19th centuries Scottish fiddlers
would have played in a style more akin to our older Cape
Breton ear musicians - especially during those bygone
days when many musicians played both fiddle and pipes. I
have never heard The Small Reel played,
nevertheless it's one that could easily appeal to Cape
Breton or Scottish players.
Jelks I learned
that the tune is played in contemporay Scotland, and that
it was first published in a pipe setting as Sir J. M.
MacKenzie's Reel (Angus MacKay, c. 1844) and that
later, in David Glen's Vol 5 (c. 1889), it appeared with
an alternate title The Dogs Devoured the Pedlar.
In both The Athole Collection, 1884
1887, the title used was Dogs Bite
Note both pipe settings
don't use C naturals - inflections that in my mind make
Examples of Music