Burn o' Cairnie

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X:2 T:Burn of Carnie, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:Bremner - Scots Reels (1757) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Amix E2 EF EFA(c |TB)ABc BAFA | E2 EF EFAc |TB>ABc A/A/A A2 :| Tc>BAB cdec | d/c/B/A/ GA BcdB | !trill!c>BAB cdec | d/c/B/A/ ^GB A/A/A Ae | T^c>BAB cdec | d/c/B/A/ GA BcdB | cAdB ecfd | ^geac A/A/A A2 ||

BURN O' CAIRNIE. AKA and see "Miss Wedderburn's Reel (1)," "Miss Jenny Wedderburn." Scotland, Strathspey. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A burn is a small stream; the Burn of Cairnie is an affluent of the river Isla, in northwest Aberdeenshire. Glen (1891) finds the tune earliest in print in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. "Miss Wedderburn's Reel (1)," a later (derivative) melody, shares the same first part, though the second differs.

Fr. John Quinn finds a related melody in "Miss Ross (2)," a strathspey often credited to Niel Gow. The first strains correspond closely, while the second strains are similar in structure, melodic contour and harmonic progression but have some melodic differences. It seems likely Gow was "substantially informed" by the earlier "Burn o' Crairnie", at best.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Bremner (Scots Reels), c. 1757; p. 53 (appears as "The Burn of Carnie"). MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 7. Milne (Middleton’s Selection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. for the Violin), 1870; p. 27.

Recorded sources : - LOCH 1220, Old Blind Dogs - "Tall Tails" (appears as "The Burn O' Craigie").

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