Annotation:Black and the Brown (1) (The)

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BLACK AND THE BROWN [1], THE/DA. Shetland, Shetland Reel. Shetland, Whalsay. AEae tuning (fiddle). One of the tunes played by Shetland fiddler John Irvine for the "bedding of the bride" ceremony in the islands around the turn of the century (see also "Grieg's Pipes" and "But the House, Ben the House"). Peter Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles, 1986) prints the following text to this dance tune, in oral tradition in the Shetlands in the 1970's:

The black and the brown gaed oot o the town
and John Paterson's mare gaed foremost.

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