Lowrie Tarrel

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LOWRIE TARREL. AKA - "Lowrie Tarrell." Shetlands, Reel. The tune is a variant of "Mason's Apron (The)," and known throughout the Shetland islands. Cooke (The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Isles, 1986, p. 143) gives the following text to the dance tune, collected in the Shetlands:

O pirrie Lowrie, muckle Lowrie,
Babbit Lowrie Tarrel
The sheep's heid is in the pot
And du sall get the sparrel.

While Shetland fiddler, collector, and teacher Tom Anderson gives:

Peerie Lowrie, silly Lowrie,
Drunken Lowrie Tarrell;
When we kill wir grice ... (pig)
Du sall get da sparrell. ... (rectum or intestines)

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Rounder 3006, Boys of the Lough - "Second Album" (1974. Learned from Tom Anderson).

See also listing at:
Hear the reel played by Peter Scollay (fiddle), Lowrie Scollay (guitar) and Alice Manuell (accordion) at Tobar an Dualcais [1] [2]
Hear Shetland fiddler Hugh Jamieson's anecdote that mentions the tune at Tobar an Dualcais [3]
Hear fiddlers Tom Anderson and Aly Bain play and compare "Lowrie Tarrell" and "Mason's Apron" at Tobar an Dualchais [4]

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