Brumley Brae (The)
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BRUMLEY BRAE, THE. AKA – "Bramley Brae." AKA and see "John Brain's." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A popular Scottish session reel composed by William MacPherson (1919–1974). Brumley Brae is a steep hill in Elgin (north-east Scotland) that is situated north-east of the Bow Brig in the direction of Spyme and the road to Burghead and Hopeman, relates Neil (1991). "It was probably a favorite place for picking brambles as the name suggests." Macpherson was a native of Elgin. The tune has some currency among musicians from northern Ireland (Donegal), where it is known as "Charlie Fleming's," probably referring to Chuck Fleming, a onetime member of the JSD Band and Five Hand Reel.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Bennett (Willie Macpherson: The Elgin Fiddler), 2006; no. 1, p. 47.
Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 74, p. 98.
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index