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WEINDIA LITTLE (DA BURN O). Shetland, Shetland Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This traditional tune is widely known in the Shetlands as it has been in the repertoire of Shetland fiddle band. It is named after a burn that ran down to the sea close to the home where the source, Shetland fiddler Arthur Peterson, was born in Hillswick. Anderson wrote in his book Haand Me Doon da Fiddle (1979):
Dis een is fae Hillsook an is caaed efter a burn it ran doon fae Pakin ta da sea. Nooadays hits naething bit a stripe, bit dey said a while ago hit was a braw big burn an dey could hear da hush o da water rinnin doon wi a fine still night. Du can hear da soond o' da burn whin da fiddle rings oot apo da lower strings ida first half o' him.
Source for notated version: Arthur Peterson (Shetland) [Anderson & Georgeson].
Printed sources: Anderson & Georgeson (Da Mirrie Dancers), 1970; p. 22. Anderson (Haand Me Doon da Fiddle), 1979; No. 45.
Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 3105, Aly Bain - “Lonely Bird” (1996).