Pit Hame da Borrowed Claes

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PIT HAME DA BORROWED CLAES. AKA - "Put Hame da Borraed Claes." Shetland, Reel. Shetland, Vidlin Parish. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Brody, Carlin): AAB (Anderson, Flett & Flett). "A lively traditional reel from Vidlin. This was a favourite reel for dancing at weddings. Clothes were sometimes borrowed for weddings, hence the title, 'Put Home the Borrowed Clothes'" (Anderson). Other sources indicate the reel was also played in the districts of Mainland, Unst and Whalsay, Shetland.

Source for notated version: The Boys of the Lough (Ireland/Shetland) [Brody]; "Mr. Henry Thomson of Vidlin, now living in Ollaberry," via teacher and fiddler Tom Anderson (1910-1991, Lerwick, Shetland) [Flett & Flett]. Thomson spent most of his life in Ollaberry, working as a grocer.

Printed sources: Anderson (Ringing Strings), 1983; p. 79. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; p. 219. Carlin (Master Collection), 1987; No. 122, p. 77. Flett & Flett (Traditional Dancing in Scotland), 1964; p. 219.

Recorded sources: Folktrax FTX-368, Henry Thomson - "Da Farden ben da Wylkomer" (1978. Various artists). Philo 1026, The Boys of the Lough - "Live." Philo 2019, Tom Anderson and Aly Bain - "The Silver Bow." Front Hall 015, Jake Walton and Roger Nicholson - "Bygone Days."

See also listing at:
Hear the Boys of the Lough' recording on youtube.com [1]
Hear Tom Anderson & Aly Bain play the tune at Tobar an Dualchais [2][3]




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