Lum Hat (The)

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LUM HAT, THE. Scottish, Hornpipe. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Composed by self-taught fiddler and composer Bert Murray (Ferryhill, Aberdeen, 1913-2003), known as "the Auld Fiddler" (which he liked to call himself). Murray picked up the fiddle at age nine, influenced early on by his grandfather Alex (Sandy) Murray (Banchory). The elder Murray played in a family dance band (his brother played cornet and a cousin the double bass), an ensemble good enough to be in demand at functions throughout Deeside and Donside (to which they traveled on foot). Bert Murray wrote a prodigious 800 tunes, many for friends and family. "The Lum Hat" is dedicated to Tam Reid, the 'king of the bothy ballad singers,' one of whose favorite songs was "The New Lum Hat" (or, "The Lum Hat Wantin' a Croon", words by David Rori).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 75, p. 99.

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