East Newk of Fife, The | Bowing Down Home

About this tune

Fiddlers from Northeast Kings County play a distinctive, rollicking variant of this old, somewhat staid Scottish country-dance tune.

According to the Scottish Tunes Index, one of the earliest appearance in print for the East Newk of Fife was in Robert Bremner’s A Curious Collection of Scots Tunes with Variations for the Violin [. . .] (1762). It subsequently appeared in numerous collections, including Nathaniel Gow’s Ancient Curious Collection [. . .] of Genuine Scotch Tunes (1823), Kerr’s Merry Melodies for the Violin (1875), The Athole Collection (1884), and two works by James Scott Skinner: Harp & Claymore (1903-4), and The Scottish Violinist (1910).

Notation for this tune as played by George MacPhee is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.