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GILLE DONN, AN (Brown Haired Lad, The). Scottish, Lament (4/4 time). D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody was collected by musicologist Margaret Shaw in the early 1930's on the outer Hebrides island of South Uist. The song tells of the loss of a lover who was drowned when ship was lost in the Sound of Canna.

Source for notated version: Mrs. Peigi MacRae & Angus John Campbell (South Uist) [Shaw].

Printed sources: Shaw (Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist), 1977.

Recorded sources: Maggie's Music MMCD222, Bonnie Rideout – "Scottish Fire" (2000).




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