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Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?

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GUEST,steve baughman 13 Oct 10 - 02:49 PM
GUEST,Ed 13 Oct 10 - 02:55 PM
Nick 13 Oct 10 - 03:05 PM
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Subject: Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?
From: GUEST,steve baughman
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 02:49 PM

Hi, I am trying to find some history on this tune. I was told that the tune was written by Gow about a fiddle, not about his deceased wife. Wiki info says otherwise. If anybody has some info on this I'd sure appreciate it.

sb


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Subject: RE: Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 02:55 PM

It's 'Niel', not 'Neil' and Wikipedia is right:

Niel married Margaret Urquhart from Perth in 1768, and they went on to share a happy married life until she died in 1805. Niel was deeply hurt by her death, and stopped playing the fiddle for a while. His friends finally convinced him to pick it up again, and the first thing he played was his '...Lament for the Death of his Second Wife'

It would certainly be an odd title for a piece about a fiddle....


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Subject: RE: Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?
From: Nick
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 03:05 PM

There are other threads about this and I think that Jack Campin put me right on this last year


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Subject: RE: Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?
From: GUEST,steve baughman
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 03:50 PM

Nick, how did Jack Campin put you right on. Eager to know.
thx,
sb


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Subject: RE: Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?
From: Nick
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:00 PM

Previous thread

Ask Jack


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Subject: RE: Neil Gow's Lament . . . any history?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:06 PM

Check out this: http://www.niel-gow.co.uk/
and this: http://www.musicinscotland.com/PeteClark/


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