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X:1 % T:Good Bye, Gramin C:J. Scott Skinner M:C L:1/8 R:Slow Air B:Skinner - The Logie Collection (1888, p. 57) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D .A2.d2(d2c2)|e2 d>{f}e (d2A2)|F2G2A2D2|(AF) {F}ED {D}E4| (A2d2) (d2c2)|(c2 B>{d}c) (B2A2)|F2G2 (AC) (DG)|{A,D}F2 {DF}(E>D) D4| (B2g2) (g2B2)|{B}(c2 B>{d}c) (B2A2)|(AB) (cd) (e^G) (Ad)|{EA}c2 {Ac}(B>A) A4| (d2 c>{e}d) (c2B2)|(B2 A>{c}B) (A2G2)|F2G2 (AC) (DG)|{A,D}F2 {DF}(E>D) D4||



GOOD BYE, GRAMIN. Scottish, Slow Air (whole time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Composed by the great Scottish fiddler, dancing master and composer J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927). Gramin was the name of a friend of the composer's, the name being the pen-name of George Gordon Ingram (1848-1936), born at Glenrinnes, Morayshire. He was a poet an songwriter who sometimes wrote verses for Skinner's music, and was for several years precentor of the Parish Church, Huntly, where he also taught music. David Baptie [Musical Scotland] notes that Gramin was supposed to have a manuscript of original hymns, and Skinner's "Good Bye, Gramin" would seem to be a hommage to this skill, as it is itself suitable as a hymn air.

Skinner composed another tune for him called "Gramin," also published in his Logie Collection (1888). "Good Bye, Gramin" was composed when when Skinner learned of his friend's plans to emigrate to the United States. Gramin left for St. Paul, Minnesota, early in 1889, but returned to Scotland to visit sometime before the end of the century. Skinner wrote that he was looking forward to seeing him again.

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