Back to Hogmanay (1)
HOGMANAY . AKA and see "Adieu to the Auld Year," "Soraidh leis an t-seana bhliadhna." Scottish, Strathspey and Song. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Fraser): AABB' (Kerr). "The celebration of Hogmanay, and birth of New Year, which we are at this day so fond of calling to remembrance, constitute an anniversary so ancient and universal, it is no wonder to see them become the subject of song in times of more superstitions attention to them. A Gaelic song to this melody was sung by the editors father, descriptive of the amusement of that night of mirth and festivity, not alike in style to Burn's Hallowe'en, or that which he elsewhere describes, as 'the happy day the year begins.'" (Fraser).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 6, p. 3. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 50, p. 8. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1853; p. 166.