Keppoch Desolate

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KEPPOCH DESOLATE (A' Cheapach na fasach). Scottish, Slow Air (9/8 time). F Sharp Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. "Very Old...(This tune) commemorates a horrid massacre of three brothers of the family of Macdonald of Keppoch, at the instigation of the next in succession, some generations back. The air seems to be the original on which the 'Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre' is built, and by no means inferior to it, as sung by the editor's progenitor" (Fraser). See Neil's (1991) note under the title "Ceapach na Fasach" for more information. See also Daniel Dow's "MacDonald of Keppach's Lamentation being Murdered by his two Cusin German's."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816/1874; No. 31, p. 11. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 159, p. 205.

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