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Issue 2444: The New Town of Edinburgh

Demonstration Medley (Recording)
David South
Assigned to
Murrough Landon

I would like to submit a correction please. The tune “The New Town of Edinburgh”, which appeared on the album “Kardinia Capers” was credited to “Iain T. MacPhail” in the CD booklet and not as “Traditional”, as is currently stated on the database. This can be verified as it was my band that recorded the CD and it was issued on my label. Would you change the database entry please? Many thanks, David South.

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  • Date  April 22, 2021, 12:38 p.m.
  • User  Unknown

New issue submitted

  • Date  April 22, 2021, 8:14 p.m.
  • User  Murrough Landon (murrough)

Assigned changed to »murrough« (previously »None«)
Disposition changed to »Fixed« (previously »New«)

Thanks. Tune composer now set to Iain T MacPhail.

  • Date  April 22, 2021, 8:44 p.m.
  • User  Anselm Lingnau (anselm)

Unfortunately it’s not quite as straightforward as that. There are two tunes called “The New Town of Edinburgh” – the reel composed by Iain MacPhail recorded by David and his band (and various others, it’s a cracking tune and very popular) and a completely different strathspey tune which serves as the suggested music for the eponymous dance in Miss Milligan’s Miscellany and (at least to the knowledge of the database) hasn’t been recorded yet by anybody. The Ashley Album credits it to Bremner’s Second Collection, which would place it in the 18th century.

The actual problem which David found was that the recording erroneously linked the tune entry to the strathspey when it should have linked it to the reel. I’ve corrected this and reinstated “Traditional” as the composer of the strathspey tune.