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X:1 % T:Brig, Da S:John Stickle (1875-1957, Lerwick) M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:"Fairly Steady" N:Q=108 B:Pat Shuldham Shaw - "A Shetland Fiddler and His Repertoire: John Stickle 1875-1957" B:Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 9, No. 3, Dec. 1962, p. 139. Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D A2 {Bc}|:O d3A3|AFD D3 | d3 A2F |D2g fef| d3 A3| AFD D2F|E2F G2A|{Bc}B3 ABc:| |:d2e f2d|c2e ecA|d2e f2d|{fgf}g3 f2g| a2f g2e|f2d e2c|d2A F2A|{Bc}B3 ABcO:|]



BRIG, THE. AKA - "Da Brig." Shetland, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Pat Shuldham-Shaw records:

One evening as Friedemann Stickle was sitting at his home in Burrafirth in the north of Unst, a brigantine in full sail sailed right across the mouth of the voe (a kind of minature fjord). The sight of it inspired him to take down his fiddle and compose this tune which has been preserved in his family every since.[1]


Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Cooper and fiddler John Stickle (1875-1957) [Shuldham-Shaw]. Both John's grandfather and great-grandfather were named Friedemann.

Printed sources : - Pat Shuldham Shaw ("A Shetland Fiddler and His Repertoire: John Stickle 1875-1957", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society), vol. 9, No. 3, Dec. 1962; p. 139.

Recorded sources: - Shanachie 79002, "The Boys of the Lough" (1973).



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  1. Pat Shuldham Shaw, "A Shetland Fiddler and His Repertoire: John Stickle 1875-1957", Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 9, No. 3, Dec. 1962, p. 139.