Lasses Like Nae Brandy

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LASSES LIKE(S) NAE BRANDY. AKA and see "Bonny Geordy (1)/Geordie," "Lasses Bushes Brawly," "Lasses Pisses Brandy," "Lasses Don't Love Brandy," "Lasses Drinks at Brandy," "Lasses Likes Brandy," "Lick the Ladle Sandy (2)." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Athole, Skye): AABB (Bremner): AABB' (Kerr). According to Johnson (1984), it was probably Robert Mackintosh who, in 1772, gave this tune the title above, altering in from that of his source tune, "Lasses Drinks at Brandy." A vulgar but evocative Northumbrian 'Pisses' title for the tune can be found in William Vickers' 1770 dance tune collection, but there is no reason to believe it was confined to that region, Johnson believes. The melody appears in both the McLean MS. (published by James Johnson in Edinburgh, 1772) and David Young's 1740 McFarlane MS. The tune is ascribed to Young in the latter manuscript. John Glen (1891) apparently did not know of the 1740 McFarlane MS, and cited the earliest printing of the tune in Robert Bremner's 1757 collection. The tune was entered into the c. 1812 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician John Bell [1] (1783-1864) as "Lasses Likes Not Brandy." Bell also included a cognate 3/4 time version under the title "Bonny Geordy" [2]. See also note for Lasses Pisses Brandy.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bremner (Scots Reels), 1757; p. 83. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 20, p. 5. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 21. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 21.

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