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Cawdor Fair/The Brown Haired Lad

Cawdor Fair/The Brown Haired Lad
This set is part of the following collections:


Cawdor Fair has some antiquity; when Niel Gow published it in his 1799 collection, it was marked as being "very old". Older names fore the tune include Cockabendie and The Hawthorn Tree of Cawdor, but a lot of people will associate the melody with the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence. The second tune is adapted from a 'puirt-a-beul' (Gaelic mouth music) song called An Gille Donn ‘s a’ Bhanarach (The Brown-Haired Lad and the Milkmaid), published in a collection from 1901.

This set and other tunes played at Scottish Sessions can be found in The Glasgow Slow Session Volume 1, available from my Online Store.

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |