Thrums Cairn (The)

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THRUMS CAIRN THE. Scottish, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by the renowned Victorian era fiddler-composer, performer and dancing master J. Scott Skinner (1841-1927), a native of Banchory, northeast Scotland. Scottish playwright and novelist J.M. Barrie (of Peter Pan fame) wrote several novels using the fictional setting of Thrums (see, for example, his A Window in Thrums) said to be modeled on Barrie's home town of his "wee red toonie" of Kirriemuir, Angus ('red' due to the color of the sandstone on which the older properties are built). Skinner transcribed the tune by hand on the back of an envelope and sent it to his pupil, James McPherson of Kirriemuir in Ocober, 1908, also writing "I would like a few copies for players so as to popularise and give it life." Skinner later published this melody in his Monikie series.

See also Skinner's "Laird o' Thrums (The)."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Winston Fitzgerald (1914-1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources : - Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald), 1997; No. 72, p. 32. J. Scott Skinner (The Monikie Series No. 1), 1909; p. 3.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 7059, Alex Francis MacKay with Gordon MacLean – “Gaelic in the Bow” (2005).

See also listing at :
See Skinner's hand written transcription at the Univ. of Aberdeen's Scott Skinner site [1]



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