Kenmure's Up and Awa'

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X:1 T:Kenmure's on an' awa' Willie M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:"Slow" S:Gow - 4th Repository (1817) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:Eb G/F/|~E>FG (eB)G|B2B B2c|~E>FG (eB)G|{G}(F3 F2)G| E>FG (eB)G|Bcd {G}e2 d/c/|{c}B>AG {B}A>GF E3 z2:| d|e2B (cB)G|B2B B2~d|e2B (cB)G|(F3 F2)d|e2B (cB)G|Bcd e2 d/c/| {c}B>AG {B}A>GF|E3 E2 ~d|e2B (cB)G|B2B (Bcd)|e2B (cB)G| (F3 F2)~d|e2B (cB)G|Bcd e2 d/c/|{c}BA>G {B}A>GF|(E3 E2)||

KENMURE'S/KENMUIR'S ON/UP AND AWA' (WILLIE). AKA and see "Boys from the West (The)," "Brewer's Daughter (The)," "Caledonian Quadrille - Figure 3a," "Clogher Cross," "Graham's Brook," "Hexham Races," "I Will if I Can (1)," "Jude's Farewell," "Kenmore Lads," "Quadrille Set No. 1 - Figure 6," "Sandy's Bonnet." Scottish (orig.), Canadian, Irish, American; Jig (6/8 time). Canada, Prince Edward Island. USA, New England. G Major (Cole, Hamilton, Kerr): A Major (Miller & Perron, Sweet): E Flat Major (Gow): F Major (Hall). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hall, Hamilton): AABB (most versions). The once popular "Kenmure's up and awa'" appears under a variety of titles in printed and manuscript collections throughout England, Scotland and Ireland. John Glen (Early Scottish Melodies, 1900, p. 174) cannot find this once-popular tune published earlier than 1792, although it is supposed to have been taken from the Jacobite song "The Fairhaired Lad." The Scots national poet Robert Burns wrote the lyrics to the air from which the song takes its name here ("Kenmure's up and awa', Willie") while on a visit to Kenmure Castle, New Galloway (Dumfries and Galloway). His song was published in John Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (vol. 4, no. 359). The 1st Battalion of the Cameronians (the Scottish Rifles), even after the British army reorganization of 1881, continued to play this tune for their parades-in-review. Some see resemblances to the Irish air and jig usually known under the title "Kinnegad Slashers (The)," but O'Neill's "I Will if I Can (1)" is a close version of the "Kenmure" tune. Northumbrian musicians generally know it as "Hexham Races."

The tune appears in the music manuscript copybook of fiddler John Burks, dated 1821. Nothing is known of Burks, but he may have been from the north of England. It is also contained in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England. See also "Sandy's Bonnet," a bagpipe version from Glasgow piper, pipe teacher and pipe-maker William Gunn's 1848 collection.

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Peter Chaisson, Sr. (b. 1929, Bear River, North-East Kings County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources : - Anonymous (A Companion to the Reticule), 1833; p. 9. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 73. Edinburgh Repository of Music, vol. 2, 1825; p. 2. Gow (Vocal Melodies of Scotland), 1822, 2nd ed.; p. 25. Gow (Complete Repository, vol. 4), 1817; p. 4. John Hall (A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs), c. 1818; p. 10. JEFDSS, vol. 1; p 103 (collected in Vermont). Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 4), 1792; No. 359. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 1), c. 1880; No. 22, p. 32. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 76. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler's Repertoire), 1983; No. 39. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 128. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 105. Smith (Scottish Minstrel, vol. 3), c. 1821; p. 81. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 23. White's Excelsior Collection, 1907; p. 9. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 52, p. 29 (ms. originally dated 1850).

Recorded sources : - Topic Records 12TS266 (and Greentrax CDTRAX 9051), "The Caledonian Companion" (1975 and 1998).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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