Mill Burn (1) (The)
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MILL BURN , THE. Scottish, Reel. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Hunter): AABB' (Kerr). The composition is credited to James Fraser in James Hunter's 1988 collection (see also Fraser's "Hurdle Race (The)"). 'Mill burn' is a generic name (Scots for a stream that feeds a mill), that has become a place-name; for example, there is a Millburn (or, in Scottish Gaelic, Allt a Mhuilinn near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The title perhaps references the Millburn distillery, Inverness, that was a producer of single malt Scotch whisky that operated between 1807 and 1985. Its whisky was an important component of the "Mill Burn" vatted malt.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 246. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 3; No. 82, p. 11.
See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index