Aith Rant

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A "trowie," or fairy, tune, which tradition holds was heard by a Cunningsburgh carptenter in about 1790, as he was coming home one night after celebrating the completion of a sixareen, or small fishing boat. Hearing sounds emanating from a green mound, the man crept up to it and through a crack in the rock in the moonlight was amazed to spy trowie dancers cavorting to the melody. "Being a noted fiddler, he managed to take down the tune in sol-fa, and when he got gome he played it on his fiddle" (Anderson & Georgeson).

Source for notated version: J. Irvine (Roadside, Cunningsburgh, Shetland) [Anderson & Georgeson].

Print sources: Anderson & Georgeson (Da Mirrie Dancers), 1970; pg. 14. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 365.