Runaway Bride (The)

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RUNAWAY BRIDE, THE (An Brideog Sgeineac). AKA – "Rinaway Bride." Scottish, Irish; Air and Double Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is the air to a song from James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum vol. 5 (1797) called "The Rinaway Bride." It is thought the song was given to one of the music editors of the series, Stephen or William Clarke, by a Roxburghshire gentleman. The first stanza goes:

A Laddie and a Lassie
Dwelt in the South countrie,
And they hae cassen their claiths thegither,
And married they wad be:
On Tyseday was the bridal day
Appointed for to be.
Then hey play up the rinaway Bride,
For she has taen the gee.

It was included by editor James Manson in his Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 2 (Glasgow, 1846) and picked up by Francis O'Neill and printed in his Music of Ireland (1903) as a double jig.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 5), 1797; Song 474, p. 488. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune-Book, vol. 2), 1846; p. 1. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; no. 945. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 44. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 171, p. 43.

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