Dairymaid (3) (The)
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DAIRY MAID , THE (Bhanarach dhonn a'chruidh). AKA and see "Brown Milkmaid (The)." Scottish, Slow Air (3/8 time). G Minor (Fraser): A Minor (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB' (Fraser): AABB' (Johnson). "A very imperfect set, indeed, of this melody pervades a good part of the country. In Burns' Reliques, published by Mr. Cromek, there is a song, called 'The Banks of the Devon,' said to be to this air, of which the editor was ignorant; but it is observed that Burns acquired the air from a young lady in Inverness,—doubtless from one who had similar access with the editor to the compilations of his progenitor and Mr. Fraser of Culduthel" (Fraser).
Source for notated version:
Fraser (Airs and Melodies), 1816/1874; No. 55, p. 19.
Johnson (Kitchen Musician No. 10: Airs & Melodies of Scotland's Past), 1992 (revised 2001); p. 5.
McDonald (A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs), 1784.
Recorded sources: Topic 12TS381, The Battlefield Band – "At the Front" (1978).