Braes of Bushbie (2)

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BRAES OF BUSHBIE [2]. AKA – "Breeze of Busbey (The)," "Braes of Busbie." AKA and see "Duke of Sutherland's March." Scottish, Slow March (4/4 time) or Strathspey. A Dorian (Aird, O'Farrell): G Minor (Cole, Hardie): G Dorian (Cranford). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC (Cole, Hardy): AABBCC (O'Farrell): ABABCCD (Howe): AABBCCD (Cranford). In lowland Scots dialect, a brae is a hillside. Busby is a district in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The melody may have been composed by John Bowie, and first appears in his Collection (1789). A note in Nathaniel Gow's Sixth Collection (1822) says that it was favorite of Niel Gow's, and that it is "Old".

In Ireland, Co. Leitrim piper and fiddler Stephen Grier entered the tune, set as a reel, in Book 2 of his c. 1883 music manuscript collection as "Breeze of Busbey." Reworked as "Dowd's Favorite (1)," the reel was famously recorded by Sligo/New York City fiddler Michael Coleman. Piper Willie Clancy had a reel time setting of the tune, called "Braes of Busby," in a major tonality.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Cape Breton strathspey setting is from fiddler Bill Lamey via Jerry Holland (Inverness, Cape Breton) [Cranford]; McFadyen's Repository (1795) [Henderson].

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 6), 1803; No. 91, p. 35. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 128. Cranford (Jerry Holland's Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1995; No. 187, p. 53. Gow (Sixth Collection of Strathspeys, Reels and Slow Tunes), 1822; p. 27. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 85. Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935; no. 21, p. 8. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 134. McFadyen (Repository of Scots and Irish Airs, vol. 2), c. 1800; p. 22. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. 2), c. 1806; p. 140 (appears as "Braes of Busbie"). Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 167 (strathspey setting).

Recorded sources: -Alia Vox AVSA 9878, Jordi Savall - "The Celtic Viol. II" (2010). Jerry O'Sullivan – "O'Sullivan meets O'Farrell" (2005).

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