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KIRN [1], THE. AKA and see "Harvest Home (2)." Scottish, Strathspey. D Major (Surenne): D Mixolydian (Williamson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AABBCC (Williamson). "The word kirn can mean: 1) a churn for making milk into butter, 2) one who over-nurses a baby, 3) a slapdash or good-for-nothing worker, 4) one who flirts immodestly or makes improper advances, 5) a repulsive mixture of slops, 6) a kernel or a grain of corn, 7) the last handful of grain gathered from a harvest field 8) a harvest home feast. The word can also be used as a verb in many of those senses" (Williamson, 1976). As an alternate title is "Harvest Home" it is perhaps the last definition (No. 8) that is meant.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 144-145. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 64.

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