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TITLE
Niel Gow's Lament for his Second Wife
EXTERNAL ID
PC_TIF_NIELGOWSLAMENT
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Niel Gow
SOURCE
The Inverness Fiddlers
ASSET ID
41326
KEYWORDS
tunes
music
traditional
fiddles
fiddlers
audio

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This slow air by Niel Gow is very popular with traditional musicians throughout Scotland. Niel Gow was born in Inver, Perthshire in 1727. He became an accomplished fiddle player and composer. After being widowed he married Margaret Urquhart in 1768. Margaret died in 1805 and Niel, devastated by her death, stopped playing the fiddle for a while. When he started playing again he wrote her this tune. Another popular theory is that this tune wasn't written for a person at all and that his 'second wife' was actually his fiddle.

This extract was taken from the cd 'Ruby's Reel' by the Inverness Fiddlers.

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Niel Gow's Lament for his Second Wife

2000s

tunes; music; traditional; fiddles; fiddlers; audio

The Inverness Fiddlers

Ruby's Reel (CD)

This slow air by Niel Gow is very popular with traditional musicians throughout Scotland. Niel Gow was born in Inver, Perthshire in 1727. He became an accomplished fiddle player and composer. After being widowed he married Margaret Urquhart in 1768. Margaret died in 1805 and Niel, devastated by her death, stopped playing the fiddle for a while. When he started playing again he wrote her this tune. Another popular theory is that this tune wasn't written for a person at all and that his 'second wife' was actually his fiddle.<br /> <br /> This extract was taken from the cd 'Ruby's Reel' by the Inverness Fiddlers.