I'll Make You Fain to Follow Me

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I'LL MAK(E) YOU/YE FAIN TO FOLLOW ME. AKA and see "Mak You Fain to Follow Me" (Shetland). Irish, English, Scottish; Jig or "Lively Song Tune" {Joyce} (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. C Major (Bremner, Gow, Joyce, Seattle): D Major (O'Farrell). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow, Joyce): AAB (Athole): AABB (Vickers): AABB' (Bremner): ABC (O'Farrell). An old tune published by Allan Ramsey in his Scots Musical Museum (No. 268) as the melody to an anonymous song that speaks a soldier's plea to a would-be lover, albeit unrequited. It also appears in James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (1760), where it is the second air with that title. It was employed in Mitchell's ballad opera The Highland Fair: or, Union of the Clans (1731). John Glen (1891) said the earliest printing was in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection (p. 24). It appears to have been in circulation considerably earlier, for it appears in James Thomson's (1702) manuscript (Edinburgh?) and Glen (Early Scots Melodies, 1900) himself noted it was in the Margaret Sinkler Manuscript (1710-twice, both untitled). The melody appears in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768) and William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian manuscript. The title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800. As "Mak You Fain to Follow Me" the tune is played on the Shetland island of Whalsay. "I'll Make You Fain" has been associated with country dances directions. The Gow's Complete Repository Part 1 (1799) gives two settings of the tune; as a jig and a reel.

Edinburgh fiddler-composer and bandleader Robert Mackintosh gave "I’ll make ye fain to follow me" as an alternate title to his jig "Miss Ann Mackay's Favorite," and, while a related tune there are significant differences.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "...from a MS. lent to Mr. Pigot by Miss O'Connell of Grena, Killarney" [Joyce]; Northumbrian musician William Vickers' 1770 music manuscript collection [Seattle].

Printed sources : - Bremner (A Collection of Scots Reels), 1757; p. 24. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 1), 1799; p. 20. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 795, p. 387. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1854, p. 144. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion, vol. 1), c. 1805; p. 56 (appears as "Fain to Follow Me"). Seattle (Great Northern/William Vickers), 1987, Part 3; No. 487 (appears as "I'll Make Thee Be Fain To Follow Me"). Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 140.

Recorded sources : - Flying Fish FF358, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 1".

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]



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