Braes of Bushbie (1)

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BRAES OF BUSBY [1], THE (Mala Bhusby). Irish, Reel. G Major (Mitchell): G Minor (O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Mitchell): AABBCC' (O'Neill). The tune is an adaptation of John Bowie's Slow March "Braes of Bushbie" (c. 1789), set in reel time (see note for "Braes of Bushbie") and generally played in a major key in Ireland. The Scots tune is in four parts, and a similar setting appears in the 19th County Leitrim manuscript of Stephen Grier, presumably derived from Scottish sources. There is a Scottish dance called The Braes of Busby which is one of the fifteen or so Scottish country dances either wholly or in part in strathspey tempo (Flett, 1964). See also the important minor-key variant "Dowd's Favorite (1)."

Source for notated version: piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell].

Printed sources: Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 48, p. 57. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 237, p. 125.

Recorded sources: Drumlin Records, Brian McNamara - "A Piper's Dream" (2000).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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