Rashes (1) (The)

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RASHES, THE. AKA - "The Rushes." AKA and see "Playing Amang the Rashes," "Parcel of Rogues (1)," "Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation," "Wee German Lairdie," "Wha the Deil hae We Gotten for a King?" "Boyne Water (1)," "Cavalcade of the Boyne," "When the King came o'er the water." Scottish, Air (4/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "The Rashes" was first printed by cellist-composer James Oswald in the middle of the 18th century (dates vary). Robin Williamson notes that it is traditionally connected with Eskdale in northern England and is one of the tunes to which "The Braes of Yarrow" was sung. He remarks: "It seems to have been the version sung to Sir Walter Scott by the venerable Tibbie Shiel from whom he got a great many ballads for his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border." The tune was entered into the 1788 music manuscript book of flute player Ensign Thomas Molyneaux (6th Regt.) of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, and the large 1840 music manuscript collection of Waverton, Cumbria, multi-instrumentalist John Rook.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Gatherer (Gatherer's Musical Museum), 1987; p. 26. Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, vol. 5), 1760; p. 26. Graham & Wood (Popular Songs of Scotland), 1887; pp. 76–77 (as "When the King Comes Owre the Water").

Recorded sources: -Flying Fish FF358, Robin Williamson - "Legacy of the Scottish Harpers, vol. 1."



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